Walton showed off plus pass-catching tools at the University of Miami (Fla.) and should have little trouble making the transition to the NFL, where he could fit in immediately as a passing-down back. The Bengals drafted Walton in the top half of the fourth round, which implies that they have a role in mind for him.
Cincinnati is far from an ideal landing spot for Walton, who figures to be a third-stringer behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Walton ran the 40-yard dash in a relatively glacial 4.60 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. He timed slightly faster at his pro day, but you’d like more speed from a back who measured only 5-10, 188 pounds in Indianapolis. Walton missed much of last season with an ankle injury, so his college résumé is somewhat light.
As intriguing a prospect as Walton is, it would probably take an injury to either Mixon or Bernard for Walton to be rosterable in fantasy leagues.