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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Baylor's Walton on guard: 'Yes, I can'

By Tim MacMahon

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scouts, Inc. ranks Baylor's J.D. Walton as the No. 2 center in the draft, but several teams asked whether he could play guard.

"Yes, sir, I can," Walton said.

The 6-3, 300-pound Walton, who is projected to go in the middle rounds, understands that versatility is a must for him to be on a gameday roster as a rookie. Teams typically have seven active linemen -- the five starters, a swing tackle and a center/guard.

Walton, an Allen product, doesn't believe playing guard would be a major adjustment.

"I don't think it will be a big deal," he said. "I'll just put my hand all the way down on the ground and change the angles a little bit. I'm comfortable with it and ready to do it."

Walton transferred from Arizona State after a redshirt freshman year because he was homesick. He said he's matured a lot since then and isn't worried about beginning his NFL career far from home.

However, Walton might fit in the Cowboys' plans. Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode is in his prime, but the Cowboys could look for an upgrade over Cory Procter to back up Gurode and the guards.