At long last, Trevor Lawrence is finally a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars selected the star Clemson quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's 2021 NFL draft, to very little surprise.
At the Masters earlier this month, former No. 1 pick Peyton Manning told this year’s No. 1 pick, new Jaguars’ QB Trevor Lawrence, that Urban Meyer needs to play him every play of every game so that he can break his record – his record for most interceptions by a rookie (28).
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
Lawrence was widely regarded as the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 1 pick practically since the 2020 season began. In fact, he had been generating buzz as a future No. 1 pick since the conclusion of his freshman season at Clemson.
The Tigers star has good size and mobility. He can throw the ball downfield and anticipates receivers coming out of their routes. Trevor Lawrence completed a career-high 69.2 percent of his pass attempts in 2020, throwing for 3,153 yards and 24 touchdowns against just five interceptions.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville never gave any real indication it was ever considering any other prospect for the top pick.
New Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer helped convince Lawrence to hold his pro day before undergoing offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Jags had already spent “hours” zooming with Lawrence and were impressed with his retention of the playbook and offensive schemes. Even the fans got involved.
Jaguars fans sent wedding gifts to Trevor Lawrence and his wife, Marissa Mowry, after the two tied the knot earlier this month. The newlyweds, in turn, donated $20,000 to Jacksonville charities.
Not everyone agrees with the assessment of Lawrence as a generational prospect. But the Jaguars have been desperate for a new franchise quarterback for some time, and Trevor Lawrence was the obvious choice to take up that mantle in Jacksonville.