Georgia makes history with Travon Walker's 1st overall selection in 2022 NFL Draft
Travon Walker became the 5th Georgia football player to be taken 1st overall in the NFL Draft, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
Walker is the first Bulldog to have his name called 1st since quarterback Matthew Stafford was selected 1st by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 Draft. It wasn’t quite as long a wait between the 2 picks as it was between Stafford’s selection in 2009 and Harry Babcock’s in 1953, a span of 56 years.
Prior to Babcock, 2 other Bulldogs found themselves taken 1st overall: Charlie Trippi in 1945 and Frank Sinkwich in 1943, the program’s 1st Heisman Trophy winner.
As the list of Georgia Bulldogs players taken 1st overall has grown to 5, they have tied 3 other programs with the most No. 1 selections in college football history. They are now tied with Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and USC:
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Among other SEC programs, Auburn has 4, followed by LSU with 3. Tennessee and South Carolina have 2, while Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt have 1 apiece.
Is this the start of a banner career for Walker in the NFL? Regardless, Thursday will be a night he won’t soon forget.