NFL: Defensive end Travon Walker is the very 1st pick of the draft, by the Jaguars

RDS Info and RDS Direct present the 1st round of the NFL Draft starting at 8 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — The Jacksonville Jaguars opened the NFL Draft by turning to NCAA champion University of Georgia linebacker Travon Walker.

Fast, athletic and versatile, the six-foot-five, 275-pound athlete is seen as having very high potential.

He is originally from Thomaston, Georgia, south of Atlanta. Jacksonville also went first draft last year, picking quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The club perceives him as being on the verge of a breakthrough and wants to surround him well. This has already shown with the hiring of receivers Evan Engram, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones as free agents.

It has happened four times that the same club has been first-choice in two years in a row.

A member of a high-rotation squad with the Bulldogs, Walker still had six sacks last year.

« I’m definitely ready, » Walker said. There will be high expectations for a first choice but for me, it’s still football. »

General manager Trent Baalke had been leaning towards Walker for months. He said new coach Doug Pederson fully supports the move.

In second place, the Detroit Lions stayed in their corner of the country with defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, a former Wolverine.

Hutchinson finished second in Heisman balloting in 2021. He set a University of Michigan record by amassing 14 sacks.

Next, the Houston Texans drafted defensive end Derek Stingley from LSU, whose last season was marred by injuries.

Chosen fourth by the New York Jets, Ahmad Gardner was one of the architects of the breakthrough of the Bearcats at the national level.

In three years in the NCAA, Gardner has not conceded a touchdown to a player he was covering.

« I’m the best cornerback available, » Gardner said last week.

Thursday, he added “I know that I will be an excellent teammate, who will be receptive to learning everything. I’m just going to work hard. »

In fifth place, the New York Giants drafted defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), considered very explosive – especially since he is six foot five and 258 pounds.

He too had his share of injuries, though.

For the first time since 1991, there was no offensive player in the top-5 of an NFL Draft.

Sixth, the Carolina Panthers chose tackle Ikem Ekwonu from North Carolina State.

The five picks that followed were also on the attacking side.

The first quarter was the 20th name heard, Kenny Pickett of the University of Pittsburgh, by the Steelers.

At No. 22 and 28, the Packers picked linebacker Quay Walker and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt, who played together with the Bulldogs.

1st Round Pick Table :

TeamPlayer namePositionSchool
1.JacksonvilleTravon Walkerdefensive endUniversity of Georgia Bulldogs
2. DetroitAidan Hutchinsondefensive endUniversity of Michigan Wolverines
3.HoustonDerek Stingley Jr.cornerbackLSU Tigers
4. New York (Jets)Ahmad « Sauce » GardnercornerbackCincinnati University Bearcats
5. New York (Giants)Kayvon Thibodeauxdefensive endOregon Ducks
6. CarolinaIckey EkwonuBlockerNC State University Wolfpack
7. New York (Giants) – via ChicagoEvan NealBlockerAlabama’s Crimson Tide
8. AtlantaDrake Londonpass receiverUSC Trojans
9. Seattle (via Denver)Charles CrossBlockerMississippi State University Bulldogs
10. New York (Jets) – via SeattleGarrett Wilsonpass receiverOhio State University Buckeyes
11. New Orleans – via WashingtonChris Olavepass receiverOhio State University Buckeyes
12. Detroit – via Minnesotajameson williamspass receiverAlabama’s Crimson Tide
13.HoustonJordan Davisdefensive tackleUniversity of Georgia Bulldogs
14. BaltimoreKyle Hamiltonhalf safetyNotre Dame University Fighting Irish
15. Houston – via Miami and PhiladelphiaKenyon GreenGuardTexas A&M University Aggies
16. Washington – via NW, Phi and IndJahan Dotsonpass receiverPenn State University Nittany Lions
17. Los Angeles (Chargers)Zion JohnsonBlockerBoston College Eagles
18. Tennessee – via PhiladelphiaTreylon Burkspass receiverUniversity of Arkansas Razorbacks
19. New OrleansTrevor PenningBlockerNorth Iowa University Panthers
20. PittsburghKenny PickettQuarterbackUniversity of Pittsburgh Panthers
21. New EnglandTrent McDuffiecornerbackWashington University Huskies
22. Green Bayquay walkerLinebackerUniversity of Georgia Bulldogs
23. Buffalo – via Ari and BalKaiir ElamcornerbackFlorida University Gators
24.DallasTyler SmithBlockerTulsa University Golden Hurricane
25. Baltimore – via BufTyler LinderbaumCenterIowa University Hawkeyes
26. New York (Jets) – via TenJermaine Johnson IIdefensive endFlorida State University Seminoles
27. Jacksonville – via TBDevin Lloydlinebackerutes of utah university
28. Green BayDevonte Wyattdefensive tackleUniversity of Georgia Bulldogs
29. New England – viaCole StrangeGuardChattanooga University Mocs
30.Kansas CityGeorge Karlaftisdefensive endPurdue University Boilermakers
31.CincinnatiDaxton Hillhalf safetyUniversity of Michigan Wolverines
32. Minnesota – via LA and DetLewis Cinemahalf safetyUniversity of Georgia Bulldogs

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