Following the 2022 NFL draft class has been like being on a rollercoaster for a while now.
As recently as last year, it was a near consensus that University of Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux was going to be the first player taken in the April of 2022. Now, barring a major swing in what we have been hearing, that seems to be unlikely.
Once the Jacksonville Jaguars secured(?) the No. 1 overall pick, many assumed they would use that selection to shore up their offensive line, giving second year quarterback Trevor Lawrence a better chance at being a successful NFL quarterback. After the hellish rookie year he endured with Urban Meyer at the helm, making life easier for Lawrence should probably be priority number one. But after using the franchise tag for the second consecutive year on tackle Cam Robinson, there is a lot of speculation that University of Michigan product Aidan Hutchinson will be the first off the board.
Lastly, that leaves us with the latest monster to wear a University of Georgia uniform, Travon Walker. And while this article and many others like it will label all three players as edge rushers, it isn’t really that simple.
All three are talented players, there isn’t any doubting that. But exactly how talented, remains to be seen.
The Athletic’s Diante lee wrote a nice, in-depth article comparing the three defender.
“At the top of the conversation and most mock drafts is a trio of edge rushers with equal parts franchise player and “just-another-guy” potential: Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Georgia’s Travon Walker”, Lee eloquently states in the article.
Hutchinson had an extremely productive year in Ann Arbor, and may have the deepest bag of pass rush moves of the three players being compared. Much has been made of his potential ‘fit’ with Detroit Lions’ coach Dan Campbell, but is his potential ceiling high enough to be taken first overall?
Thibodeaux has been a highly-touted prospect going back to his high school days in Southern California and for good reason. His first step and get off are truly elite and make him a tantalizing player to evaluate. However, fair or not, questions have been brought up about his motor.
Walker was a key cog in that dominant Georgia defense and absolutely crushed the combine in every feasible way. With that said, Georgia used him in a myriad of ways, including on the interior of the defense, which ultimately led to an unimpressive stat line at the end of his final season in Athens.
You can read Diante’s full thoughts on the trio here.
Let get right to it:— Diante Lee (@DianteLeeFB) April 4, 2022
There’s a chance we see three consecutive edge rushers drafted with the first three picks — an unprecedented event in the modern NFL.
Taking a deep dive into what separates the three, and where they *should* rank based on the film: https://t.co/LZHJVefELg
And now, onto the rest of today’s notes:
- The Lions will host Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux for a top-30 visit. The fearless leader, Jeremy Reisman, has more for you here.
- Speaking of top-30 pre-draft visits, Erik Schlitt breaks down University of Georgia defenders Travon Walker and Nakobe Dean.
- Aubrey Pleasant was down south at LSU’s pro day, and spent time working out highly touted cornerback prospect Derek Stingley Jr.
All 32 teams in Baton Rouge for LSU pro-day. Top decision-makers are Steelers GM Kevin Colbert & HC Mike Tomlin, Commanders GM Martin Mayhew, & Chargers HC Brandon Staley.— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) April 6, 2022
Nine DB coaches here to workout junior CB Derek Stingley Jr: AZ, ATL, DET, LAC, NYJ, NYG, PHI, PIT, SEA pic.twitter.com/bxRXbf77dH
- Personal homie of mine and friend of the program, Andy Isaac aka “Faturday Isaac” sat down with The Oakland Post’s Matthew Scheidel to discuss Detroit sports, food, and his ongoing battle with cancer.
Talked about it in this interview but I'm a huge supporter of places like @woodwardsports, @PrideOfDetroit and bloggers who do their own thing like @Sheehan_Sports @itsAntWright @SpartanHoops_DK just to name a few. They are vital to the fan experience.https://t.co/5ejUqQNlu8— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) April 6, 2022
- Questionable Teez, a Detroit clothing brand, had Erik on their podcast to discuss the Lions and their plans for the 2022 NFL Draft. Be sure to check out their website because I just looked, and they have a Jamaal Williams tye-dye t shirt with an anime influence. I’m sold.
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. calls Malik Willis ‘The most talented quarterback’ in this class. Scott Polacek of the Bleacher Report has more.
- Interested in learning more about what a “top-30” visit entails? Jeff Risdon of the Lions Wire has you covered.