Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Walton was unable to finish the 2017 season because of an ankle injury. For that reason, Walton isn’t getting the most attention this NFL draft season.
But on Tuesday, NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter argued in a column discussing running backs in the 2018 draft he is flying too far under the radar, blaming the lack of attention for Walton on his injury.
Reuter also called the Hurricanes runner the “most underrated” back of the 2018 class:
If Walton had not suffered a season-ending ankle injury early last season, he would be receiving much more attention this offseason for his pro-level speed, agility, vision, and balance. Scouts looking at his 2016 tape will see a potential starter at the next level, and the team that picks him will likely get a bargain, as I’m expecting him to go in the fourth round.
Walton played in 4 games last season, rushing for 428 yards and 3 touchdowns on only 56 attempts. He also made 7 catches for 91 yards.
But in a full season during 2016, Walton recorded 1,117 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Over his final 17 games, he is averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Walton wasn’t heavily involved in the passing game, but he averaged more than 100 yards per scrimmage during his last two college seasons. As long as he comes back healthy, Walton could be a great value selection in the middle rounds of the draft.