COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jonathan Walton had a mission on his mind at South Carolina football’s pro day Tuesday: The linebacker wanted to show he is more than a linebacker.
Walton sought to show teams the versatility he brings as a football player, working out at linebacker as well as at fullback.
“I played it in high school,” Walton said. “Any way I can get on a team, I’d love to it. I love playing special teams, offense and defense. I love doing it all so why not give it a shot?”
The 6-foot, 236-pound Walton rushed for almost 10 yards per carry in limited action as a fullback in high school at Daphne (Ala.). He also played in a pair of games in the offensive backfield in his junior season, catching a 10-yard touchdown pass against Tennessee.
With pro day coming, Walton let the South Carolina coaches know he would be interested in working out on offense as well.
“I always told them I wanted to play it,” Walton said. “I got word that some teams would like me at fullback, so I gave it a shot today.”
Walton, who has been training with GTA Programs in Atlanta, didn’t dedicate a lot of his time to fullback training and instead spent most of his time on defense. Walton made 179 tackles in his career at South Carolina, starting 22 games in the final three seasons.
Since wrapping up his career with the Birmingham Bowl in December, Walton said he has enjoyed the NFL Draft process and chasing “a dream that I always thought about.”
Tuesday was the next step toward it and Walton left confident with the performance he put on for NFL personnel.
“I got pretty good feedback,” he said. “I think I did pretty good today. I showcased myself pretty well. Hopefully, continue to do that and get a few more workouts with a few other teams and see how that goes.”