The Baylor University (BU) Bears football program had two players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft. Each of the two young men from the Waco, Texas based private college play on the offensive side of the ball.
The two players selected are:
- J.D. Walton (center) – chosen by the Denver Broncos in the 3rd round with the 80th overall pick
- David Gettis (wide receiver) – picked by the Carolina Panthers in the 6th round with the 198th overall selection
J.D. Walton is a large man at 6’3″ and 300 pounds and plans on wearing number 50 for the Denver Broncos during the 2010 NFL season. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1987 the future NFL player grew up in the state of Texas where he played his high school football at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. As an offensive lineman in high school Walton was awarded the accolade of first team all-district while protecting former Arkansas Razorbacks star quarterback Casey Dick.
While playing in the Big 12 Conference for the Baylor Bears Walton earned national recognition for his play, a feat that is particularly difficult for an interior offensive lineman on a team with a losing record. For his efforts he was recognized as a first team All-American by the highly respected Associated Press (AP) organization. Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels hopes that Walton will be part of a young offensive nucleus that includes fellow 2010 NFL Draft picks Tim Tebow (quarterback) from the University of Florida and Eric Decker (wide receiver) from the University of Minnesota.
David Gettis was selected in the 6th of seven rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft to compliment the receiving core of the Carolina Panthers. Panthers head coach John Fox hopes that David will be a complimentary receiver for all-pro wide out Steve Smith who has for years been the Panthers top receiving threat.
At 6’3″ and 217 pounds David is much larger than veteran wide receiver teammate Steve Smith who is listed at 5’9″. Coach Fox drafted former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the second round (48th overall) with the first pick that the team had in the 2010 NFL Draft and there’s discussion in Charlotte that Clausen and Gettis could be the quarterback and wide receiver core for the franchise for years to come.
After having only one player from Baylor taken in the 2009 NFL Draft (number 2 overall selection Jason Smith) it appears that the BU football program is moving in the right direction by doubling the number of players taken from the organization in the 2010 NFL Draft. Baylor head football coach Art Briles hopes to continue to keep his squad moving in the right direction for years to come.