The Jaguars, to the surprise of no one, have selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Lawrence becomes the first number one overall pick in the history of the franchise. The former Clemson Tiger led his team to a National Title as a freshman. In 2019, his sophomore campaign, Lawrence fell short in the National Championship to Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers. In 2020, Trevor led Clemson to another CFB playoff appearance but couldn't overcome Justin Fields and the Buckeyes in the semifinals.
The 6'5" QB from Cartersville scored 118 total touchdowns and completed 66.6% of his passes for 10,098 yards during his three years at Clemson. One of the most accomplished high school and college QBs of all time, Trevor Lawrence is widely considered the top prospect to enter the NFL since Andrew Luck in 2012.
A new era of Jaguars' football begins, led by head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Meyer had been smitten with Lawrence for years. During his time in the booth at Fox Sports, Meyer often praised Lawrence's overall game and leadership. The Jaguars' new head coach all but confirmed the generational quarterback would be the pick at number one overall in the months and weeks leading up to the draft.
Trevor Lawrence has all the tools — a big arm, accuracy to all levels of the field, height, athleticism, the ability to win off-script, and perhaps most importantly, leadership.
Now, Urban Meyer and Jaguars' GM Trent Baalke are tasked with building a championship program around Lawrence. They hold the 25th overall pick in the first round and picks 33, 45, and 65 on day two of the draft. On day three, the Jaguars have five more selections.
There's already a solid foundation of playmakers for Lawrence to feed the ball to in Jacksonville. Receivers DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Marvin Jones should help ease his transition from college to the pros. But Urban Meyer and Trent Baalke will likely add even more firepower to their offense with some of their remaining picks.
The Jaguars are coming off a 1-15 season and have made the playoffs just once in the last decade. Trevor Lawrence faces a tall task, but if Urban Meyer can cultivate a program built around his young QB, the Big Cats just might claw their way up from the dregs of the NFL.
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