2022 N.F.L. Draft Highlights: Blockbuster A.J. Brown Deal Headlines Night of Trades

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The top of this year’s N.F.L. draft did not have the allure of a franchise-changing quarterback. Instead, Round 1 on Thursday night in Las Vegas belonged to players known for stopping those passers and to clubs trying to maneuver around the draft board.

Edge rushers went No. 1 and No. 2 overall, with Georgia’s Travon Walker going first to the Jacksonville Jaguars, followed by Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson to the Detroit Lions.

Walker, a centerpiece of the Georgia defense that delivered the university a national championship in January, was one of five Bulldogs defensive players selected in the…

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