Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end L.T. Walton isn’t guaranteed a roster spot this year even though he was one of the team’s eight draft picks, Regardless, the Central Michigan product has chosen himself the right mentor to help in his efforts.
While not the oldest player currently on the Steelers defensive line now that Brett Keisel is no longer around, Heyward is considered the new leader of the much younger unit that includes Walton, Stephon Tuitt and Daniel McCullers to name a few.
The Steelers will more than likely keep six defensive linemen on their final 53-man roster once again this season and with four of those spots presumably already spoken for, Walton will be battling a slew of other more experienced players for one of the two remaining spots.
Regardless how things go the rest of the summer for Walton, he certainly appears to have the right mind right heading into training camp.
“Continue to work and become a technician at my work,” the Steelers six-round draft pick told Prisuta.
Should Walton ultimately not make the team’s final 53-man roster out of training camp this year, he’ll be a strong candidate for the 10-man practice squad. The team will report to training camp two weeks from this past Friday.