INDIANAPOLIS — Leterrius Walton said he wants to show teams at the NFL Scouting Combine how much he loves the game of football and how he can compete with anyone.
The defensive tackle, who played at Central Michigan, said he’s been treating the Combine like a game day. “Woke up at 4 o’clock this morning and been going ever since,’’ Walton said.
He was expected to talk to the Detroit Lions on Friday night.
The testing starts for defensive linemen on Saturday.
“I’m a big guy, I’m very athletic, I want to get out and show them I’m able to move and play on their teams for a long time,’’ said Walton who is 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds.
He played football, baseball and basketball at Clintondale High School.
“I was a pretty good baseball player, I played a lot of travel ball in my time,’’ Walton said. “A lot of different schools were looking at me for baseball. I love football, football is my sport.’’
CBSsports.com has projected Walton as a fifth- or sixth-round pick.
He is one of three Chippewas invited to the Combine along with wide receiver Titus Davis and running back Thomas Rawls.
“It’s a big accomplishment for CMU. I know all three of us are here and we’re going to do our best and do it for CMU,’’ Walton said.