Mark Richt: 2018 Miami Hurricanes will have ‘dudes’ ready to ‘ball out’

Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt yells during a team drill before the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday, December 30, 2017. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

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His assistant coaches are on the road recruiting this month, and since head coaches cannot visit schools, Mark Richt has a little time to daydream.

He recently found himself in his staff meeting room, looking at his 2018 depth chart. The names he saw on the dry-erase board, grouped together by position, made him visualize heated position battles that will begin when Miami returns for fall practice in August.

“I’ve just got a big grin on my face,” Richt said, recalling the moment in a Tuesday interview on WQAM.

What gets him juiced, aside from the indoor practice facility that opens in late July, is an impending infusion of talent and depth. This summer, UM’s lines get a boost with graduate transfers Tennessee guard Venzell Boulware and Illinois defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo. The tight end room adds four-star recruits Brevin Jordan — ranked No. 1 at his position — and Will Mallory. Receiver Mark Pope is a tantalizing prospect. The Hurricanes, trying to rebuild their roster after an attrition-heavy few seasons, will field close to a full team.

“The numbers will be up for sure, and the skill level and the competition level’s going to be tremendous,” Richt said. “I’m very excited about it. That’s what made Miami great in the past. A bunch of great players competing every day against each other. I think we’re going to have enough dudes to make plays and really compete well.”

After going 10-3 and winning the ACC Coastal, Miami could keep rising.

Especially if its quarterback play is solid.

Richt has demanded more from incumbent starter Malik Rosier, who enters his redshirt senior year trying to strengthen his grip on the No. 1 job. If Miami opened the season against LSU on Tuesday, and not Sept. 2, the starter “would be Malik,” Richt said. “And it ought to be Malik. We’ll see if he can continue this summer and knock it out in camp.”

Richt is hopeful redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon and true freshman Jarren Williams will compete hard enough to make Rosier better, and the coach’s decision difficult.

Richt has made positive comments about Rosier’s ability to run the offense ( He can “go from a bad play to a good play, and a good play to a great play,” Richt said Tuesday), but the coach would be overjoyed if Rosier was a more accurate passer. In the spring, Rosier “threw the ball pretty well,” Richt said. “It wasn’t unbelievable but no one’s perfect. … He really had a good spring.

“The other guys, the good news is, N’Kosi is learning a lot more, getting better at what he’s doing. He’s a very talented passer [and] runner. Weldon missed a couple of practices with an eye infection but when he came back he put back-to-back practices together [and] practiced extremely well. And Jarren Williams is a guy that has come in and quite frankly he’s a better passer than I thought he was. He’s throwing some dimes out there. He’s not quite sure who to throw it to half the time, but when he throws it at something, he tends to hit it.”

Richt said the backup job is “open.” He remains encouraged by Rosier, but he isn’t handing him the starting spot yet.

“I’d love to say this guy’s No. 1, this guy’s a solid No. 2, and these other guys are battling for playing time or they may redshirt and all that kind of thing. We’re not there right now. I’d love to go through the whole summer and know 100 percent who the guy is. Really, Malik is the guy, and he’s got to act that way throughout the summer with the leadership role that the quarterbacks take in the summer (when coaches have limited time with players), and he will. He did last summer. He’ll do it again.

“I have all the faith and confidence that we’re going to have a great summer with his leadership and the other guys can start growing up a little bit more and take more ownership of it.”

A depth chart full of “dudes” hopes that happens.

“If you come to Miami, you’d better come to compete and earn your playing time,” he said, “because we’re going to have some boys that can ball out.”

Heading west: Richt’s assistants are trying to add to a class presently ranked 10th in the nation by 247Sports. “We’ll be all over the state,” he said. “We’ll be all over the country really. If we have kids that are interested in us, we’ll go as far as Oregon if we need to.” That was a reference to four-star quarterback Michael Johnson Jr., from Eugene, Ore. Johnson, rated No. 4 among dual-threat QBs, is Miami’s top choice this cycle. Other top West Coast players UM wants, per 247, include four-star cornerback Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.) and five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the top-ranked player in the country.

“We know it’s not over until it’s over, until signing day,” Richt said. “Everyone continues to work a kid. And a lot happens between now and signing day. Seasons go great, seasons go bad. Guys turn pro at their position, all of a sudden they’re more interested. Coaches leave and go to another job. You have to keep banging away at the guys you want, fight until the very last minute. The good news is, the battles we are having are against some of the greatest schools in America, which is who we should be battling with.”

Richt on Norton: WQAM host Joe Rose asked Richt if the NFL Draft decision of defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, who expected to be selected in the early rounds but fell to the seventh (242nd overall), was “agent-driven, family-driven.” Richt declined to say.


“There’s a lot of reasons why guys decide to go,” Richt said. “The long and short of it is he felt it was time to become a pro. He felt like he was going to get drafted, and no one knows for sure when they’ll get drafted. Kendrick, like everybody else, we try to get them as much information from the NFL as we can. as far as what scouts say, what GMs might say, what a coach might say, and put it in front of them, let them look at it, and see what’s real.

“The good news is he got drafted. He has a chance to make a living doing it and hopefully he does well.”




Way-too-early Miami Hurricanes projections for 2019 NFL Draft

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Sheldrick Redwine (22) recovers a fumble by Toledo Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside as defensive end Joe Jackson (99) chases at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 23, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Later this month, a dozen former Hurricanes will suit up for NFL teams in offseason workouts. Six Miami players were drafted, six were not, but all will face stiff competition as they try to win jobs.

Projecting the next wave of Pro Canes — the NFL Draft class of 2019 — is an imprecise activity. The first games of 2018 are four months away. An early first-round projection is no guarantee of a Day 1 selection.

However, a few UM players could help NFL teams solve their most glaring needs.

Cornerback Michael Jackson and safety Jaquan Johnson, both of whom considered entering the draft as juniors, will return as seniors. Each had four interceptions last year, sharing the team lead. Jackson has the requisite size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and speed to be a high-round pick. Johnson’s playmaking ability and stout tackling against the run might assuage teams worried about his size (5-10, 190).

At least two underclassmen stand out as potential early selections: defensive end Joe Jackson and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, both juniors.

Jackson, a 6-5, 260-pound edge player, registered 15 sacks and 23 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. Richards (6-1, 195), coming off an injury-riddled sophomore season (439 yards and three touchdowns on 24 catches), was a freshman All-American and set a UM first-year receiving record (934 yards) in 2016.

Several 2019 mock drafts project the two Jacksons (who are not related) and Richards in the first round, with Johnson sneaking into at least one lookahead.

CBS Sports is the highest on any Miami player, slotting Richards 10th overall. It also has Joe Jackson as the 29th player taken. Two outlets have three Hurricanes in the first round. USA Today has Michael Jackson (18th) and Richards (19th) going back-to-back, and Joe Jackson (30th) near the end of Day 1.  Bleacher Report listed Joe Jackson 16th, Michael Jackson 18th and Richards 26th.

Miami last produced three first-rounders in a single year in 2007, when Brandon Meriweather, Jon Beason and Greg Olsen were chosen with picks 24, 25 and 31. The Hurricanes hit a first-round trifecta six times, including 2004, when a record six players (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey and Vince Wilfork) were selected.

Other 2019 first-round mock drafts with a Miami flavor: had Richards 17th and Joe Jackson 19th. SB Nation saw Michael Jackson (19th) and Johnson (20th) getting calls in order. The Big Lead projected Michael Jackson 12th.

NFL scouts coming to Miami practices this fall will likely assess the pro-readiness of numerous other players, including:

* Junior linebackers Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pinckney, two of the ACC’s top inside linebackers since they were freshmen.

* Fellow junior Zach McCloud, coming off a wrist injury, has to show he’s both healthy and a better option than the safety-sized linebackers UM used in his place this spring.

* Junior running back Travis Homer, who quietly produced a 966-yard, eight-touchdown season despite averaging 6.25 carries in his first four games. He averaged 16.1 over the final nine.

* Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis, a talented interior lineman who hasn’t put much on tape.

* Quarterback Malik Rosier, if he fixes his accuracy issues, will keep his starting job as a senior and improve his stock as a potential pro.

* This is a prove-it season for several other seniors, like safety Sheldrick Redwine (6-1, 195), a reliable performer last year after converting from cornerback, receivers Dayall Harris and Darrell Langham, offensive linemen Tyler Gauthier and Tyree St. Louis, and cornerback Jhavonte Dean.

* Redshirt senior defensive end Demetrius Jackson and redshirt junior wide receiver Lawrence Cager, their careers hampered by knee injuries, could open eyes with big 2018 seasons.

But it appears the top of Miami’s draft class, barring any surprises, will include two seniors and two underclassmen. No guarantee the latter will leave school early — neither Richards nor Joe Jackson has spoken publicly about it — though nearly every major-college player wants to play in the league, most as soon as possible.

Miami lost running back Mark Walton (fourth round) and starting defensive tackles R.J. McIntosh (fifth) and Kendrick Norton (seventh) to this year’s draft, a year after losing underclassman tight end David Njoku (first), quarterback Brad Kaaya (seventh) and running back Joe Yearby (undrafted and unsigned).

Johnson said last December, amid a string of three season-ending losses, he wasn’t listening to those in his circle who told him he should turn pro.

“I could sort of sense it in people’s voice, that they wanted me to just leave, but I make my own decisions,” he said. “My dad taught me that. My mom taught me that. They tell me to make my own decisions. I knew I would do four years as soon as I came here and I’m going to get my degree and play for a national championship.”

2018 Miami draft class
Round (Pick ) — Player — Team

3 (67) — DE Chad Thomas — Cleveland Browns
4 (107) — TE Chris Herndon — New York Jets
4 (112) — RB Mark Walton* — Cincinnati Bengals
5 (139) — DE R.J. McIntosh* — New York Giants
6 (210) — WR Braxton Berrios — New England Patriots
7 (242) — DT Kendrick Norton* — Carolina Panthers

Undrafted free agents
Player — Team

K Michael Badgley — Indianapolis Colts
OG Kc McDermott — Jacksonville Jaguars
DE/LB Trent Harris — New England Patriots
CB Dee Delaney — Jacksonville Jaguars
DT Anthony Moten — Miami Dolphins
OG Trevor Darling — Cleveland Browns (tryout)

2018 NFL Draft: Miami’s Anthony Moten signs with Miami Dolphins as undrafted free agent

Anthony Moten at UM practice. (
Anthony Moten at a 2015 UM practice. (

After the 2018 NFL Draft ended, Anthony Moten signed with the Miami Dolphins, according to the Sun Sentinel.

More about the former Miami defensive tackle:

Anthony Moten, DT
Miami Hurricanes
6-foot-3, 300 pounds

On tape

Click here to watch Moten highlights

Quick bio

Moten played a backup role in his four seasons at Miami, finishing with 38 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks. He is a former four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas High.

Scouting report

Moten has the size to play 3-technique tackle in the pros and has experience as a 3-4 defensive end and 4-3 tackle. However, he couldn’t crack a deep group of defensive linemen at UM. He projects as a practice squad player.

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2018 NFL Draft: Miami’s Dee Delaney signs with Jacksonville Jaguars as undrafted free agent

Dee Delaney during a 2017 Miami practice. (Miami Herald)

After the NFL Draft ended, Dee Delaney signed a free-agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Low Country Sports.

More about the former Miami cornerback:

Dee Delaney, CB
Miami Hurricanes
6-feet, 200 pounds

On tape

Quick bio

Delaney transferred to Miami in 2017 from The Citadel, hoping to prove himself at the major-college level. The Beaufort, S.C. native didn’t show much of the playmaking talent he displayed on the FCS level, where he was a two-time All-American and made 13 interceptions. He registered one pick in his lone year at Miami, adding 39 tackles in 10 games.

Scouting report noted that Delaney “looked overmatched during much of his senior season at Miami. Delaney doesn’t have the suddenness or coverage talent to stick with crafty route runners from the slot while big, fast receivers can beat him down the field. While he’s an aggressive, willing tackler against the run, he may lack the requisite cover talent to make it in the league.”

NFL Combine results 

40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds
Bench press: 13 reps
Vertical jump: 32.5 inches
Broad jump: 120 inches
3-cone drill: 6.95 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds
Arms: 30.5 inches
Hands: 9.75 inches


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2018 NFL Draft: Miami’s Trent Harris signs with New England Patriots as undrafted free agent

Trent Harris. (Getty Images)
Trent Harris. (Getty Images)

After the 2018 NFL Draft ended, Trent Harris signed with the New England Patriots, according to a tweet from his mom, Betsy Harris.

More about the former Miami defensive end/ linebacker:

Trent Harris, DE/LB
Miami Hurricanes
6-foot-2, 245 pounds

On tape

Quick bio

Harris, from Winter Park High, was a four-star defensive end recruit. He played as a strong-side linebacker in a 3-4 system at Miami and saw time at rush end in a 4-3. He was a third-team All-ACC selection in 2017, when he led UM with six quarterback hurries and 8.5 sacks. He made 37 tackles (10.5 for loss). He finished his career with 126 tackles (26.5 for loss) and 15 sacks.

Scouting report

Harris was a productive player in college despite his lack of size and speed. He rushed the passer effectively because of his smarts and savvy, rather than physical traits. The nickname he earned in college, “Toolbox Trent,” came from his versatility and ability to get the most out of his frame.

DraftAnalyst said he “breaks down well, plays with balance and effectively uses his hands. Fires up the field, displays quickness and has an explosive closing burst. Easily changes direction and shows the ability to laterally pursue of the action. Occasionally stands over the tackle and shows ability rushing the passer.” He is also “slow to locate the ball,” has “average size,” and is “easily blocked from the action.”

Scout’s take

“He offers potential as a nickel rusher standing over tackle and should help out on special teams.” — DraftAnalyst

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2018 NFL Draft: Miami’s Michael Badgley signs with Indianapolis Colts as undrafted free agent

Michael Badgley during a 2016 interview. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

After the 2018 NFL Draft ended, Michael Badgley signed with the Indianapolis Colts, according to the Miami Herald.

More about the former Miami kicker:

Michael Badgley, K
Miami Hurricanes
5-foot-10, 183 pounds

On tape

Quick bio

The Summit, N.J. native was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, hockey, lacrosse) and spent a post-graduate year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. He was Miami’s starting placekicker all four years of his college career, tying school records with a 57-yard field goal and a 5-for-5 performance. He finished 77-for-97 (79.4) on field goals, 172-for-179 (96.1) on extra points, and set a school scoring record with 403 points (tied for fifth all-time in the ACC).

Scouting report

“Experienced kicker with decent accuracy under 50 yards, but troubling accuracy beyond that mark. Badgley’s inability to hammer kickoffs with consistent leg strength will also hurt his cause.” —

NFL Combine results 

40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds
Broad jump: 111 inches 


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Miami’s Mark Walton selected by Cincinnati Bengals in fourth round of 2018 NFL Draft

Mark Walton carries during UM’s 2017 win over Florida State. (Miami Herald)

Mark Walton was the 112th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

More about the former Miami running back:

Mark Walton, RB
Miami Hurricanes
5-foot-9, 202 pounds

Selected Post coverage

March 2018: Walton shows toughness off the field

Dec. 2017: Walton turns pro early

Sept. 2017: Miami’s pregame warmup was lit

Sept. 2017: Despite injury, Walton sets career high

July 2017: Walton carrying fatherhood, football loads

April 2017: ‘I don’t like being babied’

Aug. 2015: Walton a freshman to watch

On tape

Quick bio

In four games as a junior, Walton rushed for 428 yards with three touchdowns. The previous year, Walton rushed for 1,117 yards with 14 touchdowns (and caught 27 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown). He was on his way to surpassing those totals when he tore a ligament in his right ankle Oct. 7 at Florida State. The injury ended his season. He declared for the draft afterward.

Walton, a former four-star recruit from Miami-Booker T. Washington High, comes from a painful background: his mother, Kimberly Rogers, died suddenly in March 2017. His father, Mark Walton Sr. was murdered when he was young. He has a 1-year-old daughter, Ma’Lani Nicole, and supports her, his girlfriend and 15-year-old sister Viola.

He finished his Miami career with 2,006 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 395 carries; 624 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 56 catches; and 2,630 yards from scrimmage and 28 total touchdowns.

He ranks fifth all-time at UM in rushing touchdowns (tied with Duke Johnson, Melvin Bratton and Tyrone Moss), eighth in total touchdowns and 11th in rushing yards.

Scouting report

ESPN’s Todd McShay ranked him No. 93 on his top 300 list, his ninth-ranked running back and second-highest ranked Hurricane in the draft, behind tight end Chris Herndon., which compared him to James White and projected him as a fourth- or fifth-round pick, described him as a “fluid combo back with the ability to compete for committee carries and third down snaps. … His indecisiveness as an interior runner should be taken into account when offensive coordinators decide to use him. Walton has the ability to become a solid backup who can handle a heavier touch load over smaller stretches if needed.”

NFL Combine results 

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 118 inches
Arms: 30 inches
Hands: 9.25 inches


Scout’s take

“He’s a reliable check-down option but is undersized and grades out as a rotational back who will likely need to make contributions on special teams to stick.” — ESPN’s Todd McShay

“I think he’s going to fall but only because he’s coming out in a season where there are so many backs. That position will be devalued and you might be able to grab him later than you might expect for a player who can help you on all three downs.” — AFC team scouting director, according to

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Miami’s Chris Herndon selected by New York Jets in fourth round of 2018 NFL Draft

Chris Herndon runs for extra yardage during Miami’s 20017 win at North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Chris Herndon was the 107th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Jets picked quarterback Sam Darnold in the first round.

More about the former Miami tight end:

Chris Herndon, TE
Miami Hurricanes
6-foot-4, 253 pounds

Selected Post coverage

Nov. 2017: Senior class restored shine to ‘The U’

Nov. 2017: Herndon will miss rest of season

July 2017: Herndon’s a weapon for UM

On tape

Quick bio

Starting in tandem with first-round pick David Njoku as a junior, Herndon registered a quiet 334 yards and two touchdowns on 28 catches. He broke out as a senior, making 40 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns in his first 11 games. However, an MCL tear in his left knee in November ended his season early. Herndon, a former four-star recruit from Norcross, Ga., was a second-team All-ACC selection last year. Herndon finished his Miami career with 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns on 86 catches.

Scouting report

ESPN’s Todd McShay ranked him No. 93 on his top 300 list, his fifth-ranked tight end and highest-ranked Hurricane in the draft. The website WalterFootball projected him as a third- to fifth-rounder., which compared him to Ricky Seals-Jones and projected him as a fourth- to fifth-round pick, said his “athletic ability will flash on tape, but his college production was pedestrian and he’s still very raw. He has TE2 potential if he can improve his upper body strength and hand placement as a blocker. While Miami used him as a “run after the catch” option, NFL teams may lock in on his ability to threaten defenses on the second and third levels. Herndon has exciting athletic ability, but there is still plenty of room for improvement before he becomes a factor in the NFL.”

NFL Combine results 

Bench press: 21 reps
Arms: 32.875 inches
Hands: 9.25 inches

Herndon, coming off his November knee surgery, did not run or jump at the Combine or Pro Day.


Scout’s take

“He’s a good athlete and has ability to make big plays which is what I care about. He’s not a soft blocker either. He’s just really raw with everything. I’m okay with that. You take those guys later and you let your coaches develop them. It’s all coachable for him.” — AFC team executive, according to

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2018 NFL Draft: Mark Walton says he could have played in 2017 Orange Bowl, reflects on year after mother’s passing

Miami running back Mark Walton runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP)

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Good story from Post pal Jason Lieser on Mark Walton, who is one of nine Hurricanes being poked and prodded this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

One interesting nugget from Walton’s media availability Thursday that didn’t make the story: He said he was cleared to play in the Orange Bowl.

Walton, whose ankle injury last Oct. 7 at Florida State ended his season, said he was good to go for the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl but opted to skip because of NFL considerations.

“I was projected to play in the bowl game but I didn’t want to play because my decision was still to come out,” he said. “I didn’t want to risk anything playing in a bowl game and then get hurt again. I could have played in the bowl game if I chose to.”

The Hurricanes rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries, with DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer scoring twice. Miami (10-3) lost 34-24.

Walton was arguably the ACC’s best tailback before his injury, rushing for 428 yards and three touchdowns in three-plus games. He finished his three-year Miami career with 2,006 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, plus 624 receiving yards and two scores.

At the combine, Walton measured 5-foot-10 and 202 pounds, ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, posted a 31.5-inch vertical leap, a 118-inch broad jump and performed 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. In interviews with reporters, he shared the story of his family’s struggle. Walton, 20, lost his father and mother at a young age. He plays for his 1-year-old daughter, Ma’Lani Nicole, and 15-year-old sister.

[July 2017: Walton carrying football, fatherhood]

“Just trying to stay strong for them and make sure that I make the most of everything,” he said. “Once I’m in football, my mind is clear of everything that’s going in my personal life. Football is a calming factor for me to get away from all the off-the-field issues.”

Walton spoke to reporters nearly a year after the death of his mother, Kimberly Rogers, who died one year ago Saturday. “The toughest part was trying to get through the day without seeing your mom on the usual, but there’s a time to move on,” said Walton, whose father was murdered when he was in grade school.

“You kind of like grow from that and try to be a tougher person, a tougher man,” Walton said. “There really ain’t too much you can say. I can’t really explain it. It still bothers me the most. I just try not to show my expressions.”

How he honors his parents:

“Before every game, I pray. I send it up to them. I thank them. When I score, I try to honor them in my head. ‘Thank you Mama, thank you Daddy.’ Just knowing that they’re in spirit.”

What else got him through those tough times:

“My family. My girlfriend. My daughter. Just going home to my daughter, and mainly seeing here, there’s a bigger picture. I know I can’t give up at this point. I’ve got a young one. I have to feed her. So she was there for me, to see that, especially when she was born. I knew I couldn’t give up at that point. Football, when I’m in the building, I don’t even think about nothing. I forget I have a daughter. I forget I have a family. I just know football when I’m in the building. That’s how I get away from everything.”

2018 NFL Draft: Miami Hurricanes RB Mark Walton shows toughness, health

Mark Walton made it through setbacks on and off the field to put himself on the verge of being drafted. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been a good start to the NFL Combine for Mark Walton, and the teams he’s been meeting with here seem drawn to the grit that got him through unimaginable heartache to reach this point.

Walton left the University of Miami after an injury-hampered junior year and is here to prove that wasn’t a mistake. As he tries to push his way up draft boards, he’s getting a lot of questions about losing both parents, including the death of his mother a year ago Friday.

Those tragedies have scarred him, but they’ve also molded him into a man who’s tough enough to handle anything that awaits him.

Read more of our story on Walton over on the Daily Dolphin blog.