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NFL Twitter Loves Jags’ Travon Walker’s Showing vs. Raiders in 2022 Hall of Fame Game

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVAugust 5, 2022

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There was no Derek Carr, no Davante Adams and no Trevor Lawrence in the 2022 Hall of Fame Game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, but there was one notable name to watch.

And that notable name was Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker, who just so happened to be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft.

He wasted little time making an impression in his NFL debut at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, blowing past the Raiders' offensive line and getting a quarterback hit. Unfortunately for the rookie, he was whistled for roughing the passer.

Big Cat Country @BigCatCountry

That was a bad call on Travon Walker. But it’s cool he got a penalty on his first NFL play.

Walker quickly learned, though, and notched a sack on Las Vegas' second possession.

Sunday Night Football on NBC @SNFonNBC

Welcome to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFL</a>, Travon Walker!<br><br>The No. 1 pick collects his first sack of the preseason. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DUUUVAL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DUUUVAL</a><br><br>📺: NBC and <a href="https://twitter.com/peacockTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@peacockTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/Wmdusin9fG">pic.twitter.com/Wmdusin9fG</a>

His power, speed and ability to use his arms as leverage stood out to plenty of viewers:

Daniel Jeremiah @MoveTheSticks

Travon Walker long arm move is a problem.

Doug Farrar ✍ @NFL_DougFarrar

Maybe Travon Walker wasn't a reach after all.

Nick Shook @TheNickShook

He's facing Brandon Parker, essentially OL No. 6, but he looks the part

35 Days Till NFL Football @BostonConnr

Travon Walker starting off his career with a roughing the passer penalty, this dude is gonna be a DAWG

John Shipley @_John_Shipley

Travon Walker continues his impressive preseason debut with a sack. He's been all over the place.

Demetrius Harvey @Demetrius82

Travon Walker just looks different. Special type of player.

Jordan Reid @Jordan_Reid

Everyone’s now seeing why the traits made Travon Walker so intriguing. His flash plays make you sit up in your seat. Freak athlete for his size.

Mike Golic Jr @mikegolicjr

Travon Walker has that go go gadget long arm down cold.

Michael DiRocco @ESPNdirocco

This time Jaguars LB Travon Walker grabs Jarrett Stidham around the waist and drops him for a sack. Young guy learning quickly.

Bryce Hayes @nxtprodigy

Travon Walker is the best player on the field currently

The final score matters far less than individual performances in the preseason, especially in the first game. Walker got consistent pressure on Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham and looked the part of a franchise cornerstone for a team that needs one on the defensive side.

If he can build on this opening performance throughout the preseason, he should be ready to lead the defense in the season opener against the Washington Commanders on Sept. 11.

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