Our very own Erik Schlitt pointed out in his weekly draft draft summary that Michigan edge defender Aidan Hutchinson – the long-established first overall pick in this year’s draft class – has a tendency to potentially fall out of there, if you believe the draft draft for this time of year. Rumor has it that Jacksonville Jaguars general coach Trent Baalke might fall in love with Georgia’s Travon Walker athletic qualities and place him first in the standings.
These are not just trial sketches that try to be different. Peter King of Pro Football Talk has spoken to several CEOs and NFL coaches over the past week and many believe Walker will be the best choice.
“I look at Trent Baalke’s story going back to San Francisco. This year he chose Aldon Smith. See who he passed on …JJ Watt, Cam Jordan. Bigger guys, stronger guys. Trent picked a guy with tools and features, Smith. So I think he will take Travon Walker, ”one of the anonymous grandmasters told King.
The last to buy that hype around Walker is Peter Schrager of the NFL Network. In his most recent mock sketch published Tuesday morning – in which he says it is based on “what I hear from my sources” rather than his own personal preferences, he has Jaguars taking Walker first, but admits that this is far from decided.
“People knew the decision to choose was still a long way from being made,” wrote Schrager. “With less than two weeks left, the Jaguars are still building their board. The fact that this remains a debate makes me think Trent Baalke is leaning towards Walker.
That leaves Hutchinson – who visited the Detroit Lions on Monday – for The Lions second in the overall standings.
It’s worth emphasizing that while Schrager boasts a lot of insider knowledge, his apparent accuracy of the draft does not seem to be any better than that of the average media analyst. According to FantasyPros.com, Schrager’s last trial design from 2021 was ranked 71st out of 181 trial versions for accuracy. In 2020, he was 78.
Later on in the mockup, Schrager fielded Lions with quarterback Ole Miss Matt Corral, but did not provide any insider information as to why he chose that choice.
“Corral has fans throughout the league and could possibly make it to the top 10. I think Detroit gets the quarterback (for the fifth year option) with a 32nd pick, ”said Schrager.
- Speaking of Hutchinson, he will be at the Tigers game this Friday making his first throw:
- Here’s a nice look at the competitive nature of Amon-Ra St. Brown:
- The Lions are back in the building and for some reason this movie got me into Lions soccer … only in four months … sigh:
- Jerry Jacobs, the Lions defender, is an easy guy to cheer on. Last year, he beat all odds by forming the 53-man Detroit squad as a raft-less rookie, then took it a step further by becoming a starter. During this off-season period, when he is recovering from a torn ACL, he gains sympathy for the city by absorbing some local culture: