If Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker goes first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, he will see a few familiar faces in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ locker room, including former teammate Tyson Campbell, who described him as fun to be around.
Campbell recently joined the Jaguars’ Drive Time and discuss several topics. Among them was his relationship with Walker, whom he played with at Georgia. The sophomore cornerback says Walker had an easygoing personality and was well-liked by his teammates. He describes the defensive lineman as “a funny dude”.
"Travon was a funny dude, like myself but not behind the cameras and off the field, he got a lot of personality. So he’s a guy that always makes everyone in the room smile and laugh. Like a big kid kind of stuff but freak of nature has on the field."
The Jaguars took Campbell 33rd overall in last year’s draft. He was a Day 1 starter lining up at nickel but once C.J. Henderson was traded to the Carolina Panthers, he moved to the boundaries. The former Bulldog got progressively better as the season went on. He was one of Jacksonville’s best defenders and logged a team-high two interceptions. The south Florida native was teammates with Walker in 2019 and 2020.
Jaguars players would welcome Travon Walker with open arms.
While Campbell could show a bit of bias when talking about Walker, the Jaguars’ brass possibly asked him about his former teammate, as part of their due diligence. Based on what the corner said, Walker would be a welcome personality in the Jags’ locker room. Think about it, he’s a hard worker that takes the game seriously but also has fun playing. You want that kind of player on the team. Now, it’s up to general manager Trent Baalke to make a decision.
That’s right, it seems like Baalke hasn’t made up his mind yet and Jacksonville could draft either Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson or Walker first overall. Maybe he already did and is trying not to show his hand. Either way, he needs to decide what’s best for the team. Should he choose the more polished prospect on Hutchinson, or should he bet on Walker’s potential? This decision will have serious ramifications. The Jags must get a playmaker with the top pick and Baalke could land on the hot seat if he chooses wrong.
As of this writing, it’s unknown what the Jaguars plan to do with the top pick. For all we know, it’s possible that they already reached a decision. It’s also uncertain if Walker will turn into a playmaker in the NFL but one thing is sure, he will be well-received wherever he goes.