A “hit” trade rocked the NFL Draft on a wild night when the No. 1 draft pick was engulfed in a storm of car crash.
The 2022 NFL Draft was supposed to be the “craziest draft in 30 years” – and it heeded the hype.
A record nine trades were made in the first round as the teams divided up the talents on offer.
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Defensive rusher Travon Walker was picked at No. 1 just an hour after a crash in the betting market over the Jaguars picking him with the best selection.
The University of Georgia product has been described as a “rare” talent by NFL commentators on ESPN.
American football icon Booger McFarland said “My God” when asked to describe what the physical beast would add to the Jaguars defense.
However, minutes later it was revealed that Walker had recently been involved in a car accident that the Jaguars were aware of.
NFL insider Ian Papaport first revealed the shocking news on Twitter.
You can read below to see the details of the crash.
Minutes later, Detroit wasted no time picking defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
That was followed by the first big upset of the night with cornerback Derek Stingley picked by the Houston Texans.
Stingley battled a Lisfranc injury for more than two years, but his raw explosive talent made him too irresistible for the Texans to tell him no.
The next moment came when the Saints made an aggressive move to trade Washington the No. 11 pick to take wide receiver Chris Olave.
This sparked a flurry of exchanges.
Hit trade sends NFL into collapse
Former Tennessee wide receiver AJ Brown made a sensational move to the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade that blew up the league.
The Eagles were able to seal a deal by landing their No. 18 overall pick and a third-round selection. The Titans used that pick to rip receiver Treylon Burks off the board.
Brown is coming off a scorching year, but he only has one year left on his contract.
That means the Eagles are rolling the dice trying to sign Brown for a contract extension as he enters free agency a year from now.
The news was announced by an ESPN commentator, who said during the live broadcast, “Wow, I have a mind-blowing announcement.”
ESPN’s Dianna Russini first reported that the Titans made the move because the writing was on the wall.
“Brown wanted a massive Titans contract extension with one year left on his contract and didn’t get it,” she posted on Twitter.
“He didn’t attend voluntary practices and stopped communicating with the team, the sources say. The Titans made an offer, but it wasn’t enough for Brown, now he’s an Eagle.”
NFL reporter Ian Rapaport reported Brown would receive a four-year extension of up to $100 million, with $57 million guaranteed.
That’s over $140 million in Australian dollars.
Shock tops NFL Draft in ‘serious’ car crash
NFL Insider Ian Rapaport and Walker gave contrasting reports on the severity of the No. 1 draft pick’s car crash.
“Big scare before the draft: #Georgia’s Travon Walker was in a serious car accident in Athens, GA, before the draft, hitting two parked cars.
“He came out uninjured one way or another. No citation. But a scare for sure.
Walker was asked about the incident after being picked and said it happened nearly two weeks before the draft.
“It was nothing serious. It was just a fender bender,” he said.
“There aren’t really any details to give.”
Rapaport revealed an hour before the draft kicked off that the Jaguars had been keeping their secret for several days, having privately made the decision earlier this week to settle on Walker as their guy.
“They are fixed. It doesn’t seem like a difficult decision for them,” he said.
“People I talk to, most of them think it’s going to be Trayvon Walker.
“It’s the first time in a few years that we don’t know for sure. But they are fixed.
NFL Draft 2022 order, results
1) Jacksonville Jaguars—Travon Walker
2) Detroit Lions — Aidan Hutchinson
3) Houston Texans – Derek Stingley
4) New York Jets—Ahmad Gardner
5) New York Giants — Kayvon Thibodeaux
6) Carolina Panthers—Ickey Ekwonu
7) New York Giants (from the Chicago Bears) – Evan Neal
8) Atlanta Falcons – Drake London
9) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos) – Charles Cross
10) New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – Garrett Wilson
11) New Orleans Saints – Chris Olave
12) Detroit Lions—Jameson Williams
13) Philadelphia Eagles – Jordan Davis
14) Baltimore Ravens—Kyle Hamilton
15) Houston Texans – Kenyon Green
16) Washington Commanders — Jahan Dotson
17) Los Angeles Chargers – Zion Johnson
18) Tennessee Titans – Treylon Burks
19) New Orleans Saints—Trevor Penning
20) Pittsburgh Steelers—Kenny Pickett
21) Kansas City Chiefs—Trent McDuffie
22) Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas Raiders) – Quay Walker
23) Buffalo Bills—Kaiir Elam
24) Dallas Cowboys – Tyler Smith
25) Baltimore Crows — Tyler Linderbaum
26) New York Jets—Jermaine Johnson
27) Jacksonville Jaguars – Devin Lloyd
28) Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt
29) New England Patriots — Cole Strange
30) Kansas City Chiefs—George Karlaftis
31) Cincinnati–Daxton Hill Bengals
32) Minnesota Vikings — Lewis Cine
The coach denounces the “false” report
Evan Neal’s personal trainer has slammed a report claiming the offensive tackle had a ‘medical issue’ just days before he was to be thrown into the top 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
“FAKE NEWS!” Offensive line coach Duke Manyweather tweeted this week, in response to a report that some teams have “medically failed” the Alabama product, who could be the target of the New York Giants at pick number. five or seven altogether.
“Neal WAS NOT a new medical check and was medically cleared at the combine. Dude hasn’t missed a practice since Nationals!”
Manyweather then tweeted a number of videos showing Neal towering over Georgia defensive end Travon Walker — another top prospect who is now the favorite to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ No. 1 overall — in the game for the national title.
Professional Football Discussion confirmed that Neal had not been asked to return to Indianapolis for the new Scouting Combine medical check. Neal only missed one game in college, and that was due to Covid.
On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer said “a handful of teams” had raised knee and hip issues about Neal, and “a fair number of clubs” considered him a notable medical risk.
Neal is one of three offensive tackles, along with Ikem Ekwonu and Charles Cross, widely predicted to be in the top 10.
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