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Five things to know about J.D. Walton


1.** Walton, 6-3 and 305 pounds, was selected by the Denver Broncos in the third round (80th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft and started all 16 games that season, becoming the first rookie center in franchise history to accomplish that feat. He missed just one snap the entire 2010 season and was credited with allowing only three sacks in the 619 pass plays that he participated in, according to the Broncos' media guide.


2. He started all 36 games in which he played in Denver. In 2011, he played every snap for the Broncos and helped the team lead the NFL with a franchise-record 2,632 rushing yards. 

3. Walton started the Broncos' first four games of 2012 before suffering an ankle injury and being placed on injured reserve. In 2013, he was on Denver's roster for a month and then Washington's active roster for the final two weeks of the season, though he did not play in a game.

4. Walton started 36 games in three seasons at Baylor University, where he was credited with allowing only three sacks in 721 pass plays during his final two years. He was honored as a first-team All-American during his final season at Baylor in 2009, becoming the school's first offensive or defensive player to achieve that status in 18 years. He was rated the No. 1 senior center in the 2010 NFL Draft (Mel Kiper, ESPN). 

5. Walton was a first-team All-District 9-5A and all-county selection as a senior at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, where he posted 79 pancake blocks during his final prep season.

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