2. Jaguars fans will need to be patient with Travon Walker’s development
Walker’s college stats were never eye-popping, but his meteoric rise during the pre-draft process was due to his film. He consistently played as a stand-up pass rusher on the outside, where his speed and explosiveness stood out. Performing well during the NFL Combine can also be attributed to his ascension on big boards.
Arguably the best lineman out of the Bulldogs’ unit that led them to a national championship, Walker will thrive in a similar role with the Jaguars. However, the other aspects of his game will take time to refine. One department will be in coverage, where Walker rarely saw playing time. Again, he has the physical skills, like his speed and ability to move laterally, to get better at that.
Once camp gets underway, the Jaguars’ defensive coaching staff will have a better idea of how to properly utilize Walker. Perhaps he’d be best suited inside, with a situational pass rush on the edge in certain plays. In all likelihood, Walker will create mismatches, allowing Josh Allen or Devin Lloyd to come up and make a play. Walker’s versatility is what sets him apart. Combined with his noteworthy speed, there’s a reason the Jags picked him over Hutchinson.