Travon Walker will watch the draft with friends and family from a hotel in Atlanta
Georgian defensive lineman Travon Walker has emerged as the betting favorite to become the Jaguars’ No. 1 overall. Whenever Walker’s name is called, he won’t be crossing the Las Vegas stage to share a photo op with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Walker declined the league’s invitation.
He didn’t want to leave out family or friends, so instead of partying in Vegas, more than 70 guests will enjoy the moment with Walker at the Omni Hotel at Battery Atlanta on Thursday night, the Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Four Georgia players have become 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 that happens . Only Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC have had five players selected first overall in NFL Draft history.
“I appreciate that I guess, but I have to keep my feet on the ground because I haven’t been drafted yet, so there’s no need to get upset now,” Walker told the AJC. “I’m just happy to have the opportunity to get drafted and be in the position I’m in.”
Walker has been a starter for a year, but his 37 tackles, six sacks and 36 best quarterback pressures were enough to make him a top 10 draft prospect. He had a 30-yard touchdown on Crimson Tide receiver Agiye Hall in the championship game that wowed NFL scouts.
Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett was the last top runner to become No. 1 overall when the Browns selected him in 2017.