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Ikem Ekwonu and 6 NFL Draft prospects the NY Jets must avoid

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3. The NY Jets must avoid drafting Travon Walker

Travon Walker is a player who's going to be drafted a lot higher than most probably think right now. I'd be surprised if he made it out of the top five at this stage and it's far from a guarantee he's even available when the Jets pick.

Walker is a high-ceiling prospect who plays a major position of need for the Jets. Why shouldn't he be a target for them at 4?

It's easy to see what teams like in Walker. At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Walker has excellent size that he blends with rare athleticism and the versatility to play really anywhere on the defensive line.

Walker played everywhere from 1-technique to 3-technique to edge rusher during his time at Georgia and he was a part of a stacked Bulldogs defensive line that also featured the likes of Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt.

Although Davis typically stole the show, it's Walker who has stolen the attention of NFL scouts who see a future where he's one of the best defensive linemen in football. That future, however, is a little clouded by projection.

Walker has as high of a ceiling as any pass rusher in this class strictly because of his size and athleticism, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable drafting a player as raw as he is in the top five. Other people might be — his lack of a pass-rush arsenal scares me away.

If he's somehow still there at 10, the Jets probably wouldn't hesitate. But as it stands, I'd feel much more comfortable drafting a player like Kayvon Thibodeaux or even Jermaine Johnson at 4.

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