Georgia football DL Travon Walker raises the NFL draft boards

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Before Georgia won the national title, UGA defensive end Travon Walker was considered a first-round NFL draft pick. Recently, however, Walker has received a lot of buzz before the scouting combine and is stepping onto the NFL draft boards at multiple outlets.

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah even has the 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior who is No. 5 overall in his most recent simulation. In addition to Jeremiah, there are other fictional drafts that see Walker go early – although I haven’t seen one as high as #5.

Walker tied for second on the team in sacks last season with six and finished with 37 total tackles.

A former five-star from Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia, Walker boasts an athleticism that has garnered plenty of interest as we get closer to the combine.

This touchdown-saving play in the national title shows why we’re so excited to see Walker’s performance at the combine.

Here are excerpts from a few different simulation projects, showing where these analysts predict Walker will land.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Walker moves to No. 5 Giants

Brett Davis – USA TODAY Sports

Via Jeremiah:

Walker is a unique talent due to his height, athleticism and versatility. The Giants need more playmakers on defense.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Walker moves to 9th overall with Broncos

Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

Via Trapasso:

Walker is bound to be picked early due to his athleticism at around 275 pounds. The Broncos must maintain the strength of their defensive front.

ESPN’s Todd McShay: Walker moves to 16th overall for Eagles

Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

Via Mc Shay:

An NFL team has never taken college teammates with back-to-back picks, but the Eagles’ pass rush was excruciating and Walker is incredibly disruptive. Philadelphia’s 29 sacks were 31st in the NFL last season, Derek Barnett is a free agent, and Cox Fletcher and Brandon Graham are both over 30 years old. Also, Graham is coming back from an Achilles injury. Walker, on the other hand, is a power-based rusher who just keeps getting better. It’s time to fill the pass-rush cupboard a little.

Joe Broback, Pro Football Network: Walker to Eagles at No. 19

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Via Broback:

Travon Walker is still raw as a player, but his traits are too tempting to pass up. Philadelphia already has two strong defensemen with their previous picks, so now they can take a chance on someone who needs time to develop. For now, Walker will rely on his natural abilities, which we’ve seen terrifying.

Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus: Walker to Patriots at No. 21

Griffin Zetterberg – USA TODAY Sports

Via gayle:

At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Walker is a draft defensive lineman with an absurd size-speed combination but little polish in his passing repertoire. That’s not to say he can’t make a positive impact as a Year 1 starter, though. He should hit the ground running like a powerful rusher with inside-outside versatility.

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