Bound either to Aidan Hutchinson
or an offensive tackle at No. 1 overall, the Jaguars appear to have identified a sleeper for the honor of being the first draft player selected.
Buzz relies on Travon Walker, according to Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork.com, who adds that the Jaguars have identified the Georgian defensive end as a player they could select with the first pick. The Jags will use one of their 30 prospect visits for a Walker meeting.
Walker tested well at the Combine, posting a 4.51-second dash on 40 yards despite his 272-pound frame. This bettered Hutchinson’s 4.74 time. Hutchinson (260 pounds) edged Walker in the 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drills. The Michigan product is also coming off a dominant senior season, recording 14 sacks and forcing two fumbles, finishing second in Heisman voting. Used as a less pure advantage than Hutchinson, Walker recorded six sacks as a junior to help the Bulldogs to their first national championship since 1980.
ESPN’s Scouts Inc. lists Hutchinson as the top prospect in this draft, placing Walker eighth overall. Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft sends Hutchinson to Jacksonville and Walker to Carolina at No. 6, although NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah moved Walker to No. 2 overall. The Jags are “widely expected” to draft Hutchinson, ESPN.com’s Matt Miller adds, but Walker has at least slipped into the equation.
Jacksonville using his franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson apparently decreases the likelihood of a tackle pick. The team has used four first-round picks on defensive linemen since 2015 (Dante Fowler, Taven Bryan, Josh Allen, K’Lavon Chaisson), but the AFC South team’s free agency spending spree didn’t include any cutting-edge additions.