2022 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars select No. 1 overall Travon Walker, Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams to Detroit Lions | NFL News

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Highlights from Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson’s 2022 NFL Scouting Combine workout

Highlights from Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson’s 2022 NFL Scouting Combine workout

Travon Walker ended his fascinating rise by being selected No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas on Thursday night, beating longtime favorite Aidan Hutchinson.

The versatile defensive lineman from Georgia had taken over as the bookmakers’ favorite to emerge first in the table at the start of the week after watching his stock soar since exceptional pre-draft testing combined with his high-floor, high-ceiling reputation coming out of college.

Heisman Trophy finalist Hutchinson didn’t have to wait much longer for his name to be called, as the Detroit Lions wasted no time in landing him with the second overall pick.

Detroit was then responsible for the first big trade of the night, going 32-12 through the Minnesota Vikings to secure Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams.

Travon Walker Career Stats

Season Total number of tackles Bags forced escapes Fumble recoveries Pass the defenses
2021 37 6 0 1 2
2020 13 1 1 0 1
2019 15 2.5 0 1 1

The Houston Texans produced the first upset of the draft when they used the third overall pick on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., whose value had fluctuated due to injuries and limited production for a campaign. phenomenal 2019 in which he teased the traits of a top-notch NFL defensive back in waiting.

With the first of their top two picks, the New York Jets acquired Cincinnati cornerback and AAC Defensive Player of the Year Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner at No. 4, before using the 10th overall pick, which they would have been willing to use in a trade. for San Francisco 49ers star Deebo Samuel, to bolster Zach Wilson’s guns with Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

2022 NFL Draft first-round pick

(1) Jacksonville Jaguars Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
(2) Detroit Lions Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Mich.
(3) Houston Texans Derek Stingley Jr, BC, LSU
(4) New York Jets Ahmad Gardner, BC, Cincinnati
(5) New York Giants Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
(6) Carolina Panthers Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
(7) New York Giants Evan Neal, occupational therapist, Alabama
(8) Atlanta Falcons Drake London, WR, USC
(9) Seattle Seahawks Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
(10) New York Jets Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
(11) New Orleans Saints Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
(12) Detroit Lions Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
(13) Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
(14) Baltimore Ravens Kyle Hamilton, FAS, Notre Dame
(15) Houston Texans Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
(16) Washington Commanders Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
(17) Los Angeles Chargers Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
(18) Tennessee Titans Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
(19) New Orleans Saints Trevor Penning, Occupational Therapist, Northern Iowa
(20) Pittsburgh Steelers Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
(21) Kansas City Chiefs Trent McDuffie, BC, Washington
(22) Green Bay Packers Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
(23) Buffalo Notes Kaiir Elam, BC, Florida
(24) Dallas Cowboys Tyler Smith, Occupational Therapist, Tulsa
(25) Baltimore Ravens Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
(26) New York Jets Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, State of Florida
(27) Jacksonville Jaguars Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
(28) Green Bay Packers Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
(29) New England Patriots Cole Strange, G, Tennessee-Chatanooga
(30) Kansas City Chiefs George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
(31) Cincinnati Bengals Daxton Hill, SAF, Michigan
(32) Minnesota Vikings Lewis Cine, SAF, Georgia

The New York Giants, also armed with a few top-10 picks, sought to fill priority positions as they welcomed first-day disruptor in Oregon Edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux before solidifying their offensive line in front of Andrew Thomas with the selection of Alabama tackle Evan Néal.

A run on wide receivers had started with Drake London heading for the Atlanta Falcons at No. 8, the big-bodied USC playmaker teaming up with tight end Kyle Pitts to lead the offense. ‘Arthur Smith in the Absence of Calvin Ridley.

The first trade of the night came courtesy of Washington COs as they returned from 11 to make way for the New Orleans Saints, who offered support for Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in the form of Ohio State wide Chris Olave. The Lions then ensured that a third receiver was selected from as many picks as they selected 12-year-old Alabama’s Jameson Williams.

A few upsets on the night saw Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II – an expected top-10 pick – slip to the 26th pick before the Jets, with their third pick of the night, took on the talented rusher. The New England Patriots, meanwhile, went for relatively unknown guard Cole Strange of Tennessee-Chattanooga with the 29th pick.

Eagles trade for AJ Brown on draft night; Pickett selected by Pittsburgh

The Philadelphia Eagles then shook up the first round of the draft by acquiring star receiver AJ Brown in a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans, who then drafted replacement Treylon Burks out of Arkansas.

After being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, relive that massive 69-yard touchdown reception from AJ Brown in Indiana.

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After being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, relive that massive 69-yard touchdown reception from AJ Brown in Indiana.

After being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, relive that massive 69-yard touchdown reception from AJ Brown in Indiana.

Brown, who was reportedly unhappy with Tennessee as he sought a new contract, agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal with the Eagles, with $57 million guaranteed, sources said. The Titans received the 18th and 101st draft picks as part of the trade, using the former of those on Burks.

Brown wasn’t the only receiver on the move on draft night, as the Baltimore Ravens also traded Marquise Brown (and the 100th draft pick) to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the 23rd pick, which they took. then moved back to the Buffalo. Invoices.

In perhaps the other big surprise of the night, the Green Bay Packers again decided against signing a first-round receiver, despite star Davante Adams’ offseason trade to the Las Vegas Raiders. , leaving them light at the position.

Check out highlights from Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett from the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

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Check out highlights from Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett from the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

Check out highlights from Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett from the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

As for the quarterback position, only one was drafted in the first round on Thursday night – a dramatic drop from the five taken on opening night last year – with the Pittsburgh Steelers having selected Kenny Pickett with the 20th total choice.

Who is Travon Walker’s top pick?

Georgian defensive lineman Travon Walker

Georgian defensive lineman Travon Walker

Sky Sports’ Cameron Hogwood…

Walker’s rise has been among the most striking of the entire class, without being the emergence of an underdog or the test-fueled heist of the top-10 periphery as some have portrayed it.

Selling is size-defying speed and athleticism, Selling is a long arm’s length beyond Hutchinson, Selling is projection, high floor and high ceiling built on his raw physical talent and teachable makeup, Selling is the modern -equipped versatility scheme. The sale of a hand in Georgia’s national championship-winning defense is also partly the cause of perhaps unfair question marks over the sale.

Walker, a former five-star product, started all 15 games for Georgia in its national championship-winning campaign, recording 37 tackles, six sacks and two pass breakups. He was All-SEC Team Freshman having had 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 12 games. He played the entire defensive line during his time at Georgia.

Walker’s output is modest compared to that of Hutchinson and previous No. 1 picks in their roles, with his success rate minus stunts and blitzes in 2021 of just 10%, in contrast to the man of the game’s 25%. Michigan.

His assessment is also one of the toughest for the reason that he played in a defense comprised of around seven or eight NFL first-round talent, and for the reason that Kirby Smart’s plan has rarely been designed to elevate Walker to the rank of chief bag dealer.

A selfless role could sometimes be ill-conceived for a quiet streak, his ability to dictate blocking angles and define peak power gaps for blitz rushers, while Smart would also use him as a trap defender to force quarterbacks out of the pocket and into the path of the type of spy linebackers he’ll see a lot in the NFL.

He’s playing with a quick design diagnosis, he’s looking to fool quarterbacks and running backs by selling gaps with outside leverage before coming back inside to gobble up the ball carrier, he’d drift between the edge and inside and would be tasked with bailing into cover where he could slide sideways and show off his versatility.

Travon Walker Measurements

Height 6’5″
Mass 272 pounds
Arm 35 1/2″
Hands 10 3/4″

Where Hutchinson and Thibodeaux tended to function as 5-tech perimeter monopolizers, Walker generally aligned more closely as a 4i-tech on the inside shoulder of the tackle. And where Hutchinson’s intentions were blatant, Walker would be used extensively in stunts relying on speed, nimble footwork and bending to sneak and disorient the offensive lines.

The 21-year-old never feels offside, gaining advantages with boxer distance and clever hand placement to avoid entanglement and allow himself the mobility to readjust if needed. He cracks blockers at the point of contact and brings them back with sturdy, high-powered legs, regularly finding himself in double-team situations.

The combine and pro day tests undoubtedly played a big part in swelling his draft stock, but he’s a fashionable chess piece and therefore one of the practice drafts. the most attractive in their job group.

NFL Draft coverage continues Sky Sports NFL Friday and Saturday, with the second and third round picks taking place Friday.

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