2015 NFL Draft: Steelers Select Leterrius Walton


With the first of their two sixth round picks in the 2015 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Leterrius Walton with the 199th overall selection.

Standing at 6’5″ and 319 pounds, the former Central Michigan University interior lineman tallied six sacks, two forced fumbles and 18.5 tackles for loss in four years on the Chippewas’ defense. Projected as a fifth round selection, the Steelers continue to add depth to their defensive line year after year.

Explosive off the line and showing a knack for hurrying the quarterback, his quick handwork is one of his strong suits, and further development will improve his ability to go up against even the most talented of offensive lineman.

It will be interesting to see if he makes the 53 man roster with both Steve McLendon and Daniel McCullers both currently on the Steelers roster. Pittsburgh seems to find talented nose tackles late in the draft, as McCullers was also selected in the sixth round of last year’s draft.

We have yet to see the Steelers draft a defensive end at this point in the draft. With depth very limited behind Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, it will be interesting to see how the respond to this with their last two picks in the draft.

Walton is not the first CMU Chippewa to be selected by the Steelers in the sixth round. If you remember, number one wide receiver Antonio Brown was also taken from Central Michigan in the same round of the 2010 draft.

The Steelers have found gems in the later rounds of the draft in the past few seasons, and Leterrius Walton is no exception. We will see how his career unfolds as the Steelers continue to bulk up their defensive line with talent that can be future stars in years to come.

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