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Last Updated Apr 01, 2022, 00:35 AM

Travon Walker NFL Draft Odds Rise

Aidan Hutchinson is still the overall favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, Travon Walker’s odds have considerably shortened over the last few weeks. Walker was 20-1 to be the top pick earlier this month, but he is now the second favorite on the board behind Hutchinson.

Updated NFL Draft No. 1 Overall Pick Odds

  • Aidan Hutchinson -250
  • Travon Walker +330
  • Ikem Ekwonu +1200
  • Evan Neal +1400
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux +2500
  • Malik Willis +3500
  • Ahmad Gardner +5000

Standout Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was up to -400 to be the first player selected in next month’s NFL Draft a few weeks ago. Hutchinson’s odds have dipped on Walker’s ascent though. No other player has odds of less than 12-1 to be the top pick as it looks like Jacksonville has zeroed in on taking a defensive end.

Walker was part of the greatest defense in recent memory. As many as five Georgia defensive players may get drafted in the first round this year, and Walker’s skills translate better to the next level than any of his teammates. NFL teams salivate over game-changing defensive ends, and there’s a reason that three defensive linemen are favored to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

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At the NFL Combine, Walker weighed in at 272 pounds for his 6’5 frame. He posted a blazing fast 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, and his 6.89 in the three-cone-drill was absurd too. That ranked him among the most athletic players in Indianapolis and turned a lot of heads.

While he only recorded six sacks in 2021, Walker’s 36 quarterback hurries led the Bulldogs. There also aren’t as many concerns about the level of competition he faced at Georgia compared to what Hutchinson saw at Michigan. That has led to growing speculation that the Jaguars could select Walker if they keep the pick.

Jacksonville could always trade the first overall pick though. The Jaguars don’t need a quarterback, and they could certainly use more draft capital to bring in other young players around Trevor Lawrence. If Detroit zeroes in on Malik Willis as some are expecting, we could see a desperate team make Jacksonville a nice offer to move up to No. 1 for the top quarterback in the draft.

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