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Shane Walton

DB | (5-10, 184, 4.65) | Notre Dame
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Walked on from the soccer team in spring 1999 and earned a scholarship in the fall, seeing limited action in nine games. Started 10 games in 2000 before missing the team's final two regular-season games with a broken forearm and returned for the Fiesta Bowl. Started every game in '01. Had 40 tackles, broke up three passes and had two interceptions, including a 60-yard return for a touchdown vs. Drew Brees (Purdue) in 2000. Had 43-8-2 in '01. Started every game in '02 and had 65-14-7 with five tackles for loss. Two of his interceptions were returned for scores. Team captain was named a first-team All-American in '02 and was also named team MVP. Was a Bronko Nagurski Award finalist.

Positives: Leader with character. Is aggressive and has good-plus athletic ability. Is quick to support against the run and has quick feet, changes direction smoothly and is solid in press and zone coverage. Also has excellent ball skills and showed well at the Senior Bowl, where he had a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Negatives: Average speed, acceleration and quick-twitch player who struggles when playing backed-off man coverage. Is not real sudden and will be too aggressive in the open field at times and miss tackles. Doesn't always get a good jam and will struggle against speed receivers who can also be physical. Is not natural when backpedaling and comes out of backpedal early. Not a great natural athlete with 31-inch vertical jump and 9 foot, one-inch broad jump.

Summary: Playmaking corner who lacks ideal size and speed and must refine his technique, but is exceptional doing some of the little things, like reading receivers, eyeing the quarterback and anticipating throws.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.