NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars pick No. 1 overall Travon Walker


The Jacksonville Jaguars had the first draft pick again, a year after they used the No. 1 pick to knock out Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Yet unlike many years past, when the first pick is announced weeks or months in advance, there was little consensus as to who was going to be picked first this year.

The last non-quarterback to be first overall came in the 2017 NFL Draft, when the Cleveland Browns took on Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

According to scouts for ESPN and NFL Network, the strength of this year’s draft would lie in its multitude of offensive tackles, passers and wide receivers, while few quarterbacks would deserve a high draft pick.

University of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was the second overall pick, heading to the Detroit Lions. The Houston Texans had the No. 3 pick and picked Derek Stingley Jr., a cornerback from Louisiana State University.

The Jaguars aren’t the only team having a big night on Thursday. Due to a number of trades, eight teams have two first-round picks, including the New York Giants on picks No. 5 and No. 7 and the New York Jets on picks No. 4 and No. 10 Likewise, it’s likely to be a quiet night for fans of the eight teams without first-round picks, including Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

Round 1 of the draft will end late Thursday, followed by rounds 2 and 3 on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, then rounds 4-7 on Saturday at noon.

All seven rounds air on ESPN, attracting an average audience of six to eight million people throughout the three-day event over the past three years.

Once a quiet procedure conducted in a hotel boardroom, the draft has become the NFL’s premier offseason event both on television and in person, giving hope to fans in the NFL’s underworld and fulfilling the lifelong dreams of the best college football players and their families.

Additionally, different cities have been taking turns hosting the draft since 2015, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans to city centers. Recent hosts include Dallas, Nashville and, most recently, Cleveland.

The draft’s move to Vegas — two years after the Raiders franchise moved from Oakland — further illustrates the NFL’s rapid adoption of sports betting. This year’s main stage will take place on the Linq Promenade on the Vegas Strip, where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce each team’s selection in the first round.
In Sin City fashion, a red carpet has been built on the Bellagio fountain for the 21 prospects who will attend, and NFL officials said to expect glitzy Vegas touches throughout the event. . Fans will also be treated to musical performances from Weezer on Thursday, Ice Cube on Friday and Marshmello on Saturday.

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