Travon Walker will watch draft with friends, family from hotel in Atlanta

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Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker has become the betting favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Jaguars. Whenever Walker’s name is called, he will not walk across the stage in Las Vegas to share a photo op with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Walker declined the invitation from the league.

He did not want to leave out any family or friends, so instead of partying in Vegas, more than 70 guests will enjoy the moment with Walker at the Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta on Thursday night, the Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Four Georgia players have gone No. 1 overall, so Walker would join Frank Sinkwich (1943, Lions), Charley Trippi (1945, Cardinals), Harry Babcock (1953, 49ers) and Matthew Stafford (2009, Lions) if it happens. Only Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC have had five players selected No. 1 overall in NFL draft history.

“I’m enjoying it, I guess, but I’ve got to stay grounded because I haven’t been drafted yet, so there’s no need to get excited now,” Walker told the AJC. “I’m just happy to have the opportunity to get drafted and be in the position that I’m in.”

Walker is a one-year starter, but his 37 tackles, six sacks and a team-best 36 quarterback pressures were enough to make him a top-10 draft prospect. He had a touchdown-saving, 30-yard rundown of Crimson Tide receiver Agiye Hall in the championship game that wowed NFL scouts.

Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett was the last edge rusher to go No. 1 overall when the Browns selected him in 2017.

11 responses to “Travon Walker will watch draft with friends, family from hotel in Atlanta

  1. Good job skipping the unpaid, for-profit event. Would he be the first #1 to not be in attendance?

  2. Sauce Gardner needs to take note and understand what humility looks like.

  3. Best place to spend the draft ? How about fishing with your dad !! Classic !!!

  4. No. Trevor Lawrence didn’t attend last year, abd no one attended the year before that, when Joe Burrow went number one. Baker Mayfield skipped when he went first overall. Skipping is the new attending.

  5. He’s not counting his eggs before they’re hatched, it’s quite refreshing in this day of look at me you wish you were me.

  6. 45 min flight from Atl to Jax….but Im stillnot convinced Jags do it…we shall see.

  7. 70 close friends in a hotel. Nice. Tab’s on the agent until the guy goes on the dotted line and gets paid (probably already into the agent for big bucks)

  8. I don’t blame player either way

    I understand going to the draft for the experience that will only happen once. I also don’t blame them for wanting to do their own thing

    frankly, I think too big a deal is made.

  9. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    April 27, 2022 at 6:33 pm
    Sauce Gardner needs to take note and understand what humility looks like.
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    What has Sauce done to upset you? He’s got the tape to back up everything he’s ever said, and he played 2 HUGE games against the best of the SEC and still has that tape backing him up. Sauce is going to be a very good corner in the NFL. I’d say Thibodeaux is the probably the one top 10 pick that could use some humility.

  10. dirtnasty says:

    Good job skipping the unpaid, for-profit event. Would he be the first #1 to not be in attendance?

    ***

    Joe Thomas went fishing, if I recall.

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