After inking their three defensive selections in April’s NFL Draft earlier this offseason, the Broncos got to work on the offense on Thursday, signing third-round pick J.D. Walton.
The team also announced it waived Jaron Baston and designated Kyle Eckel waived/injured.
Walton, an offensive lineman from Baylor, was the 80th pick in the draft after being named an All-American during his senior season. The three-year starting center allowed just three sacks on 721 pass plays during his final two seasons as a Bear.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels said he liked Walton’s versatility and intelligence during pre-draft workouts. Walton, the fourth of the team’s nine draft picks, was one of three lineman the team drafted along with Zane Beadles and Eric Olsen. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder has seen time with the first unit offensive line during OTAs.
Walton joins Perrish Cox, Jammie Kirlew and Syd’Quan Thompson as rookies who have signed with more than a month left before the start of training camp.
“It’s definitely a dream come true,” Walton said of his fledgling NFL career earlier this month. “I’m just having fun with it and soaking it in.”
Baston was a college free agent defensive lineman from Missouri. Eckel, a fullback who won a Super Bowl last season with New Orleans, signed with the team on June 4. The move leaves Spencer Larsen as the lone fullback on the roster.
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com