Notes: NFL Draft analysts analyze the pros and cons of the top 3 runner-up games

After the 2022 NFL Class Draft it was like being on a roller coaster for a while now.

As recently as last year, there was near-unanimity that University of Oregon edge snobber Kayfon Tebodo would be the first player to be selected in April of 2022. Now, except for the big swing from what we’ve been hearing, that seems unlikely.

Once the Jacksonville Jaguars (?) earned the #1 overall pick, many assumed they’d use that pick to bolster their offensive line, giving second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence a better chance of being a successful NFL quarterback. After the infernal newbie year you’re carrying with Urban Meyer at the helm, making life easier for Lawrence will probably be your number one priority. But after using the franchise for the second year in a row on Cam Robinson, there is a lot of speculation that University of Michigan producer Aidan Hutchinson will be the first to walk off the plate.

Finally, this leaves us with the latest University of Georgia costumed monster, Travon Walker. And while this article and many others like it would classify the three players as rushing on the edge, it really isn’t that simple.

All three are talented players, there’s no doubt about that. But how exactly he is talented, remains to be seen.

Athletic’s Diante Lee has written a nice, in-depth article comparing the three defenders.

“At the top of the conversation and most dummy drafts are a trio of edge racers with equal franchise players and ‘other guy’ potential: Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon’s Kayvon Tibodo, and Georgia’s Travon Walker,” Lee stated eloquently in a clause.

Hutchinson had a very productive year in Ann Arbor, and he may have the deepest passing moves of the three players compared. Much has been said about his potential “fit” with Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell, but is his potential ceiling high enough to be taken first overall?

Thibodeaux has been such a prestigious prospect that he’s back in his high school days in Southern California, and for good reason. His first step and relegation is truly elite and makes him a bewildering player to assess. However, fair or not, questions have been raised about its engine.

Walker was a key cog in Georgia’s dominant defense and thoroughly crushed the combination in every possible way. With that said, Georgia used him in countless ways, including within defense, which ultimately resulted in an unimpressive base streak at the end of his final season in Athens.

You can read my full thoughts on the trio here.

And now, in the rest of today’s notes:

  • The Lions will host Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oregon for a top 30 visit. Brave Commander, Jeremy Raisman, has more for you here.
  • Aubrey Pleasant was in the south on LSU’s pro day, and spent time working on the ultra-high corner potential Derek Stingley Jr.
  • My personal friend and friend of the show, Andy Isaac aka “Furday Isaacs” sat down with Matthew Scheidel of the Oakland Post to discuss Detroit sports, food, and his ongoing battle with cancer.
  • Questionable Teez, a Detroit apparel brand, had Eric on their podcast discussing the Lions and their plans for the 2022 NFL Draft. Be sure to check out their website because I just looked, they have a beauty Williams tie-dye shirt with an anime effect. I sold.

  • ESPN’s Mel Keeper Jr. described Malik Willis as “the most talented quarterback” in this category. Scott Polasek of Bleacher Report has more.