The Hall of Fame gunslinger suggested the Jaguars should address what he feels is a more immediate need by drafting Alabama wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Favre stated Jacksonville needs a player with Smith's game-breaking ability:
“I don’t know if Jacksonville, in my opinion, I don’t know if quarterback is their immediate need,” Favre told TMZ about the Jaguars' pick. “I would take DeVonta Smith. I think you go with a guy like that. Nothing against Trevor Lawrence but I think you can find a free agent guy or a guy in the latter rounds or mid-rounds in the draft.”
“But, you just don’t find a guy like a — this guy could be a Jerry Rice (for the Jaguars). He could be different. A Randy Moss. A total game-changer.”
Jaguars executives would admit there is no denying Smith's credentials as a top pick.
Urban Meyer of the Jaguars is aware that Smith set the college football world on fire in 2020, though he was a star well before this past season. The Louisianan had 68 receptions for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior season. Smith decided to remain in school, capping his Crimson Tide career by hauling in 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 scores.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars could use impact players in the receiving corps, though rookie Laviska Shenault Jr. had his moments and DJ Chark is still a big-play threat. Perhaps Smith would help transform Jacksonville's passing game.
However, it is unlikely the Jaguars will pass up an opportunity to nab a potential generational talent at the quarterback position in Lawrence, who has both the tools and track record to suggest he will succeed in the NFL.