Travon Walker has established himself as a cornerstone in this Georgia football defense. A defense that we need no reminding of is establishing itself as the best in Dawg history and maybe even in all of college football.
The intense scrutiny this brings has made Walker’s talents much sought after for NFL teams searching for their next defensive line superstar.
So, again why should Walker give up the bright lights of pro football if his stock is so high? Like Daniels and Pickens, much will depend on how the Bulldogs end 2021, but 2022 will prove to be a transitional season in Athens.
Jordan Davis, Quay Walker, Robert Beal, Julian Rochester, Devonte Wyatt, and Channing Tindall will be gone. In addition, Nakobe Dean is all but sure to enter the draft, as is Nolan Smith, which means that experience will be in strong demand in 2022 as co-defensive coordinators Will Muschamp and Glenn Schumann look to build on this historic season.
2021 has been a fantastic season for Walker, who has recorded 32 tackles and four sacks thus far. Walker’s stellar season is well-timed, as his sophomore season saw no material improvement from his first year in Athens when he was on the SEC All-Freshman team.
A final year as a leader, mentor, and captain of this team would be ideal for his college football resume. It would also be a massive boost for Smart moving into the new season.
Georgia football has a class full of juniors who could make a significant impact next season, but if these three guys could return and help be leaders, it’ll be that much easier for the Dawgs to repeat what they did in 2021.