JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars went with versatility at the top.
They went with a lot of talent, too.
Travon Walker, a defensive lineman from the University of Georgia, on Thursday night was selected by the Jaguars No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Walker (6-feet-5, 272 pounds), who forewent his senior season to declare for the draft, started all 15 games this past season for the national-champion Bulldogs. He registered a career-high six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss with 37 tackles. He is considered a versatile player who can play multiple positions along the defensive front.
"Simply put, he is the kind of defensive lineman who can line up everywhere and pose a matchup problem," Ourlads Scouting Service wrote of Walker.
Walker – a Southeastern Conference All-Freshman selection in 2019 – played 36 games with 15 starts in three seasons at Georgia, registering 9.5 sacks and six pass breakups with 65 total tackles and 13 tackles for loss.
Walker impressed scouts and observers during the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this offseason, running a 4.51-second 40-yard dash with a 35.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-feet, three-inch broad jump.
Walker became the fifth player from the University of Georgia selected by the Jaguars in the NFL Draft and the first selected in Round 1 since defensive tackle Marcus Stroud in 2001. The others: Cornerback Tyson Campbell (Round 2, 2021), defensive tackle Emarlos Leroy (Round 6, 1999) and linebacker Brandon Tolbert (Round 7, 1998).
The Jaguars hold 11 more selections in the '22 draft: No. 33 overall (Round 2), No. 65 overall (Round 3), No. 70 overall (Round 3), No. 106 overall (Round 4), No. 157 overall (Round 5), No. 180 overall (Round 6), No. 188 overall (Round 6), No. 197 overall (Round 6), No. 188 overall (Round 6), No. 222 overall (Round 7) and No. 235 overall (Round 7).
The Jaguars were selecting No. 1 overall for a second consecutive year. They selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.