2. Travon Walker, edge rusher
Having drafted Trevor Lawrence a year prior, the Jaguars weren't in need of a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. Holding the No. 1 pick, they turned their attention to Travon Walker, Aidan Hutchinson, Ikem Ekwonu, and Evan Neal. In the end, they went with Walker, who needed time to develop but had the tools to turn into a dominant edge rusher.
On the Bulldogs defense, Walker played several positions across the line of scrimmage but rarely rushed the quarterback from a standup position. Yet, the team's brass believed he had the skill set to play on a two-point stance full-time in the NFL. Surprisingly, he hasn't gotten the spotlight as much as other former first overall picks but that's helped him to focus on honing his craft.
Although the Georgia native had a quiet rookie season, he showed progress last season especially in the second half, registering five sacks in the last four games. Make no mistake, he still has lots of room for improvement, but the Jags should be pleased with his progress. With defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen now in the fold, Walker should keep getting better.
While Nielsen excels at getting all his units to play at a high level, the defensive front is his forte. He's helped several players put it all together and Walker is no different. Add the fact that Jacksonville kept outside linebackers coach Bill Shuey and the table is set for Walker to have a breakout season (and make the Pro Bowl) in 2024.