Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #3 C, #96/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 4 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Starter at center for all 12 games … honorable mention All-Big 12 by Associated Press… Listed on Rimington Trophy watch list… One of eight Bears to start all 12 games … Anchored BU offensive line that generated 2,349 rushing yards, most at school since 1981, and 29 TDs. 2007: Started every game at center for the Bears as a sophomore center … Shared team’s Best Offensive Lineman honor with tackle Jason Smith … Played 911 snaps, most by a BU offensive performer, and second-most overall on squad behind free safety Jordan Lake’s 974. 2006: Did not play for the Baylor program in June 2005 as a transfer … Named to spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. 2005: Redshirted as a true freshman offensive lineman at Arizona State.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 3/80 -- J.D. Walton, C, 6-3, 300, Baylor, Walton could immediately start. The Broncos need a center and had only Maurkice Pouncey higher on their board at the position. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/25/12 - C J.D. Walton was seen on crutches in the locker room this week. Walton went on injured reserve after fracturing his ankle in the Week 4 win over Oakland.
10/04/12 - C J.D. Walton was placed on injured reserve with a fractured and dislocated left ankle, ending his season and his streak of 38 consecutive starts covering his entire three-year career.
10/03/12 - C J.D. Walton was placed on injured reserve with a fractured and dislocated left ankle, ending his season and his streak of 38 consecutive starts covering his entire three-year career.
10/01/12 - Unsurprisingly, the Broncos placed center J.D. Walton on injured reserve Monday after the three-year veteran suffered a fractured and dislocated left ankle when Oakland defensive end Jack Crawford rolled up on him while tackling Broncos running back Lance Ball on Sunday.
Walton's injury makes the Sept. 11 signing of former Patriots center Dan Koppen look prescient. Koppen was released at the final cutdown on Aug. 31 after falling short in a scrum for positions on the offensive line, having lost his starting job after suffering an injury similar to Walton's in Week 1 of last year.
Koppen filled in for Walton on Sunday, and the offense barely paused, scoring touchdowns on the first three possessions he played -- aside from a one-play kneel-down snap at the end of the first half.
His experience working as Tom Brady's center for eight seasons in New England helps. So does the fact that the Broncos use the same basic offensive nomenclature as New England.
"I'm pretty familiar with it," Koppen said. "I think it's along the same lines of what we ran in New England, which helped. Just a little bit different verbiage and all that stuff."
10/01/12 - C J.D. Walton was helped off the field in the second quarter with what appeared to be a fractured left ankle. That would end his season -- and his streak of 38 consecutive starts covering his entire three-year career.