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Jaguars know which player they will take with No. 1 pick?

Trent Baalke at a press conference

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be on the clock with the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft for another two weeks, but it sounds like they have their eye on a specific player.

There has been a lot of talk this week about the Jaguars being high on former Georgia defensive end Travon Walker. Fansided’s Matt Lombardo says that talk is real and that rival executives believe Walker is the Jaguars’ guy.

This year’s draft is loaded with elite pass-rushers. You could make the argument that Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson is the best of the bunch, but Walker’s physical traits are off the charts.

While Walker only had six sacks last season, he ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. That is blazing fast for a 6-foot-5, 272-pound lineman. That type of skill set can become a nightmare for NFL quarterbacks.

The Jaguars probably can’t go wrong with Hutchinson or Walker. With the NFL becoming more of a passing league by the year, elite pass-rushers are more important than ever. That is one of the reasons a scout recently made a bold prediction about this year’s draft.

Photo: Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke during Friday afternoon’s press conference at TIAA Bank Field. After his arrival in Jacksonville, Florida Friday morning, April 30, 2021, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Trevor Lawrence along with team owner Shad Khan, head coach Urban Meyer and the Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke held a press conference in the afternoon inside TIAA Bank Field. They were also joined by the Jaguars 25th pick in the first round of the draft and former Clemson teammate of Lawrence, running back Travis Etienne. Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

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