No. 2 Jaguars candidate to break out in 2023: Travon Walker, OLB
Outside linebacker Josh Allen recognizes that he wasn't nearly as good as he could've been last year but he isn't the only Jaguars pass rusher that has room for improvement. Travon Walker, the No. 1 overall pick, had a quiet rookie campaign but he's expected to make a huge leap in Year 2.
Even though most first-year players undergo an adjustment period coming out of college, Walker also needed to switch positions. After playing multiple roles across the defensive line at Georgia, he moved to outside linebacker full-time. Even though he logged a sack and an interception against the Washington Commanders in the opener, he was a non-factor at times.
The silver lining is that Walker grew comfortable as the 2022 season progressed. It also helped him that the coaching staff allowed him to play on a three-point stance, where he's at his best, towards the end of the year.
Another thing that could help Walker have a banner year is that he no longer has to deal with distractions. Besides having to switch positions, he spent last offseason meeting with teams and attending workouts during the pre-draft process.
Also working in Walker's favor is that he's entering his second year in defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell's system and not having to learn a new scheme should allow him to work on the details. Walker flashed potential as a rookie. Expect him to build on that and flirt with 10 sacks next season.