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Grading System
SHANE WALTON
Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Notre Dame
Conference: I-A Ind.
Ht., Wt.: 5'10½, 184
40 Time: 4.67
Grade: 3.51

Selected by St. Louis Rams
Round 5, pick 35 (170 overall)
BIO: Three-year starter who totaled 68 tackles as a senior, leading the team with seven INTs and broke up seven more passes. Junior numbers were 43-2-8, after 40-2-3.

POSITIVES: Opportunistic cornerback who consistently has come up with the big play. Takes good angles to the action, displays a burst of speed and has outstanding ball skills. Runs well laterally and extends or adjusts at full speed to either defend the pass or make the interception. Adequate in zone and effective in press coverage.

NEGATIVES: Hesitant reacting to defenders off the line, gets turned and occasionally loses the ball. Not quick or explosive and loses receivers out from their breaks. Lacks the great closing burst of speed.

ANALYSIS: Made several highlight reel plays the past two seasons but best as a nickel back in zone coverage at the next level.

PROJECTION: Late Fourth Round

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