Feb. 24, 2010
Two Baylor student-athletes will work out for NFL coaches and front office personnel at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 24 to March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. All-America center J.D. Walton and receiver David Gettis were invited by the National Football League to participate in the annual event preceding the NFL Draft in April.
The combine allows executives, coaches, player personnel staff and medical personnel from all 32 teams to evaluate the nation's top collegiate football players eligible for the upcoming draft. The six-day job interview involves a series of tests, drills and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel.
Walton became Baylor's first non-special teams player to be named an Associated Press All-American since 1991, and also received All-America recognition from Pro Football Weekly and CollegeFootballInsiders.com (honorable mention). He was a consensus All-Big 12 selection.
A finalist for the 2009 Rimington Trophy, Walton is the No. 2-rated NFL Draft prospect at the center position among seniors by ESPN's Mel Kiper. He recorded 112 knockdowns in 12 games in 2009 (9.3 per game) and earned a coach's grade of 90 percent or higher in nine of 12 games with no grade lower than 86 percent.
The December 2009 Baylor graduate played in the 2010 Senior Bowl and was also invited to the East-West Shrine game. Walton was on watch lists for the 2009 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. He finished his career with 36 consecutive starts at Baylor after transferring from Arizona State in 2006.
Gettis, a former track athlete, earned honorable mention All-Big 12 status as a senior in 2009. He participated in the 2010 Texas vs. the Nation Challenge all-star game earlier this month in El Paso.
He totaled 52 receptions, 675 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. His 4.3 catches-per-game ranked 13th in the Big 12. Gettis caught six passes of 40 or more yards this season and his 13.0 average-per-reception led the team. He was named Baylor's Co-Offensive MVP.