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Travon Walker’s odds to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft on Thursday keep getting shorter and shorter.
The Georgia edge rusher emerged as the favorite for the top pick over Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson, thanks to murmurs about the Jaguars’ decision-making process and a flood of bets on Walker to be the No. 1 overall pick. As of Monday, Walker was getting 19% of the bets to be the top pick in the draft. Those bets were big money bets as they made up over a third of the total money wagered.
The Jaguars’ choice of Walker would be unique. Six of his 9.5 career sacks came in 2021 as Georgia beat Alabama for the national title in January. Walker played in 16 games with 28 total tackles over 2019 and 2020 before becoming part of a dominant defensive front in 2021. Most players taken with the No. 1 overall pick have been dominant for multiple collegiate seasons. But Walker’s pro ceiling is so high that the Jaguars may look past his statistics at Georgia.
Walker is such a heavy favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick at the moment that he’s at +500 to be the Lions’ choice at No. 2. Hutchinson is currently at -125 to go to Detroit, thanks to the home state connection while Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is at +140 to go at No. 2.
Odds to be No. 1 overall pick
Travon Walker, Georgia (-225)
Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan (+250)
Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. State (+400)
Evan Neal, Alabama (+2000)
Desmond Ridder (+3000)
Kayvan Thibodeaux (+5000)
Odds to be No. 2 overall pick
Malik Willis, Liberty (+1000)
Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati (+1400)
Derek Stingley Jr., LSU (+3000)
Odds to be No. 3 overall pick
Stingley Jr. (+400)