Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Channing Tindall (41) celebrates with Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) during the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and the Jacksonville Jaguars have the number one overall pick following their 3-14 season.

It has been widely assumed to this point that the Jaguars will take Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aiden Hutchinson with that pick. From a production standpoint, Hutchinson appears to be one of the most prolific defensive end prospects that we have seen in some time, racking up 14 sacks this past season.

However, it appears now that it may be a bit more complicated than that when it comes to Jacksonville’s decision with the first pick. Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager talked about the Jaguars’ situation Monday and said that the team may decide to go in a different direction, specifically with Georgia defensive end Travon Walker instead of Hutchinson.

“Everyone thinks the Jaguars will take Aiden Hutchinson,” said Schrager. “But I keep hearing over and over again that GM Trent Baalke has a history of taking the athletic specimen over the “sure thing” prospect.” Who is that in this draft? It’s Travon Walker out of Georgia.”

Schrager also noted that when Baalke was the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, he selected players like Aldon Smith, Deforest Buckner, and Terron Armstead, all raw explosive athletes who were less polished, over more complete prospects at the time.

NFL insider Mike Garafolo backed up Schrager’s claims, saying that he has also heard that Baalke sees Walker as a player comparable to Aldon Smith and that they could be interested in him at the No. 1 spot.

Walker did not put up the stats that Hutchinson did in his college career, only totaling 7.5 sacks last season at Georgia, but flashed raw athleticism and was a big part of the vaunted Georgia defense that helped win a national championship.

It would be a big surprise if Hutchinson fell very far in the draft, but this could certainly be something to monitor in the coming weeks with the Jaguars’ decision looming.

[Good Morning Football, Mike Garafolo]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.