Has Travon Walker entered the conversation for the Lions at No. 2 overall?
Off an outstanding combine showing, has Travon Walker legitimately entered the conversation for the Lions with the second overall pick?
During Saturday’s defensive line drills and workouts at the NFL Combine, Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis got the most headlines for a showing that was….unnatural for a man his size. So the performance of his college linemate Travon Walker didn’t get quite as much attention, but he did get noticed.
Walker has generally been projected in the mid-first round range, with our friends over at Drinking The Blue Kool-Aid jumping at the chance to take him early in the second round when he fell that far in their mock draft sim last week. Safe to say that scenario is definitely not going to happen in real-life now.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic has been high on Walker from the start. Walker’s measurables and performance in drills at the combine pushed himself into the mix to be a top-10 pick.
Is Travon Walker a legit option for the Lions at No. 2 overall?
The Relative Athletic Score comp for Walker is Myles Garrett (Lions fans will surely lament the hint at a Ziggy Ansah parallel though). He did not have the sack production Garrett had in college, but Georgia has so much defensive line depth they rotated a lot of guys. Walker also lined up across the line. NFL.com’s Chad Reuter pointed to the opportunity the combine afforded Walker as a showcase.
"The combine was an excellent opportunity for Walker to show skills he did not get to show during his college career. At Georgia, he played inside while a slew of talented edge rushers got after the quarterback. During on-field drills, however, Walker took advantage of the chance to prove he could have handled that duty, posting a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, a 35 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-foot-3 broad jump and an elite 6.89-second three-cone drill. He displayed good flexibility for a player his size (6-foot-5, 272 pounds), turning the corner and running around hoops in drills to show his bend. Walker also displayed powerful punches and swipes at pads during his workout, portending a bright future as a pass rusher at the next level."
As the Lions transition to using more four-man defensive fronts next season, Walker looks like an ideal fit. When they go on the clock at No. 2 in late-April, especially if Aidan Hutchinson is gone at No. 1, Walker has put himself on the radar.