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Fourth-round glance: Not just a scatback


Who: Mark Walton

What: Running back, Miami

Where: Fourth round, 112th pick

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Specs: 5-9, 202 pounds

Recent running back draft history: 2017-Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, second round; 2014-Jeremy Hill, LSU, second round; 2013-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, second round; Rex Burkhead, Nebraska, sixth round.

Why: Best player on the board as their top-rated player heading into the last day of the draft. Upgrading depth behind Mixon and Bernard as the next back off the bench and a potential Ced Peerman-type force on special teams.

Did you know? His favorite NFL running back is Frank Gore: "It's going to be a Hurricane," he says.

What the experts are saying: "As long as his ankle medicals check out positive, this will be a playmaking threat most teams in the league could use." Ourlads Scouting Services.

What the Bengals are saying: "He's a guy we know could take over the reins if something were to happen (during in a game)  ..  I think the special teams stuff he can do can really help us and it's just not as a returner." Running backs coach Kyle Caskey.

What he's saying: "It was back and forth. Stay and go, stay and go, stay and go. Me and my family decided with the help of the coaches …we all made a decision  … It was going to be a great fit for me in the league. Today showed it. I don't regret any of my decisions." Walton on leaving school early.

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