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Trevor Lawrence already getting familiar with Jaguars’ playbook

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence is following a similar pattern to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow as he prepares for the NFL and his new life with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, much as Burrow was last spring. Burrow had begun to go over concepts of the Bengals’ playbook even prior to draft day. It seems Lawrence is doing the same when it comes to familiarizing himself with the Jaguars playbook.

It only makes sense for Lawrence to get a bit of a head start with the Jaguars and first-year NFL head coach Urban Meyer.

Lawrence will hear his name called first for the Jaguars, barring some sort of minor miracle or unimaginable plot twist over the next few weeks. He has been hailed as a generational quarterback prospect given his combination of size, anticipation, arm talent and mobility.

Jaguars fans are already sending Lawrence and his wife, Marissa Mowry, wedding gifts. New Jags head coach Urban Meyer has hinted the team would select Lawrence for weeks. Now the former Tigers standout is impressing with his retention and acumen, as well as his physical gifts.

So, again, it’s essentially a foregone conclusion for the Jaguars and their soon-to-be-No. 1 pick.

The real question will be whether Lawrence can immediately establish himself as the franchise quarterback Jaguars fans have so desperately coveted for decades. Being a rookie quarterback can be more of a slog than anything else.

Fortunately for Lawrence, he already has some help. The Jaguars added skill position players like Marvin Jones, Phillip Dorsett and Carlos Hyde to the mix in free agency, and figure to stay busy with their remaining picks after selecting Lawrence.