Georgia football DL Travon Walker raises the NFL draft boards
Before Georgia won the national title, UGA defensive end Travon Walker was considered a first-round NFL draft pick. Recently, however, Walker has received a lot of buzz before the scouting combine and is stepping onto the NFL draft boards at multiple outlets.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah even has the 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior who is No. 5 overall in his most recent simulation. In addition to Jeremiah, there are other fictional drafts that see Walker go early – although I haven’t seen one as high as #5.
Comments from some league guys on my high ranking of #Georgia DL Travon Walker (#6 overall in my top 100):
“You’re going to sound really smart on that call.”
“Whoa! You like it better than us!
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 19, 2022
Walker tied for second on the team in sacks last season with six and finished with 37 total tackles.
A former five-star from Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia, Walker boasts an athleticism that has garnered plenty of interest as we get closer to the combine.
This touchdown-saving play in the national title shows why we’re so excited to see Walker’s performance at the combine.
Travon Walker is about to put NUMBERS to the combine. pic.twitter.com/gdxw1WM7BK
— Lorenz (@ScoutingLenz) February 19, 2022
Here are excerpts from a few different simulation projects, showing where these analysts predict Walker will land.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Walker moves to No. 5 Giants
Walker is a unique talent due to his height, athleticism and versatility. The Giants need more playmakers on defense.
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Walker moves to 9th overall with Broncos
Walker is bound to be picked early due to his athleticism at around 275 pounds. The Broncos must maintain the strength of their defensive front.
ESPN’s Todd McShay: Walker moves to 16th overall for Eagles
Via Mc Shay:
An NFL team has never taken college teammates with back-to-back picks, but the Eagles’ pass rush was excruciating and Walker is incredibly disruptive. Philadelphia’s 29 sacks were 31st in the NFL last season, Derek Barnett is a free agent, and Cox Fletcher and Brandon Graham are both over 30 years old. Also, Graham is coming back from an Achilles injury. Walker, on the other hand, is a power-based rusher who just keeps getting better. It’s time to fill the pass-rush cupboard a little.
Joe Broback, Pro Football Network: Walker to Eagles at No. 19
Travon Walker is still raw as a player, but his traits are too tempting to pass up. Philadelphia already has two strong defensemen with their previous picks, so now they can take a chance on someone who needs time to develop. For now, Walker will rely on his natural abilities, which we’ve seen terrifying.
Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus: Walker to Patriots at No. 21
At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Walker is a draft defensive lineman with an absurd size-speed combination but little polish in his passing repertoire. That’s not to say he can’t make a positive impact as a Year 1 starter, though. He should hit the ground running like a powerful rusher with inside-outside versatility.