Georgia Football: Jaguars make valuable No.1 pick in Travon Walker

Travon Walker celebrates with fans after defeating the Florida Gators 34-7. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Travon Walker celebrates with fans after defeating the Florida Gators 34-7. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

For the first time in a while, not many people knew what the Jacksonville Jaguars would do with their 2022 NFL Draft No.1 overall pick, but thankfully they made the best choice in picking Georgia football edge rusher Travon Walker.

This year was probably the most anticipated draft in the last few years since no one knew who would get taken off the board first.

However, in the last week, it became clear the Jags liked Walker and thought he was the right fit.

While this pick doesn’t surprise Dawg nation, it was Jacksonville, and they don’t always make the best choices, but this year they did.

Walker will be a valuable selection for the Jags as he has a ton of potential among all the edge rushers in this draft. He has all the tangibles needed to succeed, and the Jags picked the right man to add to their defense.

Georgia football edge rusher Travon Walker is the 2022 NFL Draft No.1 overall pick.

The Dawgs came into this NFL Draft with 15 players available and a lot of buzz surrounding the defending national champions.

Walker shined at the NFL Combine, which exploded him up the mock drafts, and as this weekend drew closer, the higher he climbed.

At 6-5 and 272 pounds, he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the Combine, but his film impresses more than he did in Indianapolis the second time.

Last year, he recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups, and 32 quarterback hurries.

The Jags went with the potential Walker showed instead of picking Michigan edge rusher Aiden Hutchinson who had a ton of stats. For a while, he was the guy to beat for the No.1 overall pick, but whatever Walker did throughout the last few months was enough to convince the Jaguars to pick him.

Walker is the first defensive end from Georgia to get drafted since David Pollack in 2005. Not to mention, he is officially the highest picked Georgia defensive end since Jonathan Sullivan in 2003 who went at No.6.

He is also the fifth No.1 overall pick from the University of Georgia and the first since 2009 when Matthew Stafford went No.1 overall to the Lions.

The Jaguars made the right choice and will have a long-time player in Walker. He may be young, but he will dominate for Jacksonville. There is so much upside in Walker’s game that he is only going to get better.

With Walker off the board, now the Dawgs are right on track to break a lot of records.

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Georgia football already has one off the board, and thankfully the Jaguars didn’t mess up this pick. There are 14 Dawgs remaining to see where they will land in the 2022 NFL Draft.