JACKSONVILLE – He went No. 1 overall in the draft.
That was cool for Travon Walker, but how he spent the next six weeks perhaps says more about him as a player and a person. That’s because he spent that time working. And learn.
“I’ve basically been on the thin side,” he said.
Walker, the Jaguars’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, joined senior writer John Oehser for this episode of the O-Zone Podcast. He discussed multiple issues – including how his parents shaped his upbringing; how he adapts to a new role and a new team; and being the center of media attention.
“I don’t like being singled out,” he said. “There are a lot of other people out here. I don’t mind doing interviews with other players with me. That way I’m not the focus.”
Walker, who played collegiately at the University of Georgia, also discussed the work ethic that helped make him the No. 1 overall selection. Work, he said, is something he enjoys.
“Mainly because I get to see myself grow as a person,” he said. “I’m all about growing as a person. If you stay the same, nothing positive really comes out of that. You always want to elevate. Just like you always want to your money grows, you should look at yourself like that.”
He also discussed spending the last six weeks learning about the outside linebacker position he will play early in the NFL.
“I’ve been coming into work every day, trying to learn everything and process everything,” he said. “It has been going quite well. I play every position in Georgia, from zero to technique nine. Now, I’m just focusing on one position, which is the outside linebacker. That was something I already did , so I’m just growing on all the skills I already had coming in.
“I’m the type of person that if I put my mind to it, I can do anything no matter how hard it is. If something is hard in life, it’s probably going to be good for you in the season long. You have to put some kind of work in to be the person you want to be, no matter what field it is.”
To listen to the entire O-Zone Podcast with Walker, click HERE.