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NFL Draft 2022: Jaguars pick defensive lineman Travon Walker with No. 1 pick

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The Jacksonville Jaguars ended all speculation Thursday night when they selected defensive linebacker Travon Walker of Georgia with the overall No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

This is the second year in a row that the Jaguars have made the first choice in the draft. The team selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence last year.

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Travon Walker of the Georgia Bulldogs leaves the field at the conclusion of a game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 6, 2021 in Athens, Ga.

Travon Walker of the Georgia Bulldogs leaves the field at the conclusion of a game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 6, 2021 in Athens, Ga.
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Walker was a prominent defensive lineman for Georgia, ending his career with a national championship before declaring his draft. In 13 games in 2021, he had 33 total tackles and 7.5 sacks. He began to move up in the draft as the draft got closer, and it turned out that Jacksonville was very high on him.

Walker will line up near linebackers Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson as well as Malcolm Brown, Foley Fatukasi and Roy Robertston-Harris. He is expected to make a huge impact.

Aidan Hutchinson, who was another favorite to become No. 1 for the Jaguars, became No. 2 for the Detroit Lions. He was a prominent figure in Michigan.

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Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan Wolverines during a match against Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium October 12, 2019 in Champaign, Ill.

Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan Wolverines during a match against Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium October 12, 2019 in Champaign, Ill.
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Hutchinson led the Big Ten Conference with 14 sacks. He also had 62 total tackles and finished third in the conference with 17 tackles for a loss.

Michigan finished 12-2 overall and reached the College Football Playoff for the first time.

The Houston Texans had the No. 3 pick and selected cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. out of LSU. Stingley was rated as one of the best defensive backs in the draft. He only played in three games for the Tigers in 2021 and had eight tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.

Stingley had six interceptions during his first year and had been a very popular prospect ever since.

LSU defender Derek Stingley Jr.  answers media questions during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 5, 2022 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

LSU defender Derek Stingley Jr. answers media questions during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 5, 2022 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
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