Jacksonville Jaguars make first pick in 2021 NFL Draft
The worst kept secret in the NFL — and possibly sports in recent months — was revealed on Thursday night in Cleveland.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Lawrence left Clemson after one of the most celebrated careers by a quarterback in college football history from 2018-20. He led Clemson to a national championship as a true freshman in 2018 and finished his career 34-2 as a starter, the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback with at least 30 career starts since Division I split in 1978.
Lawrence finished second in 2020 Heisman Trophy voting.
For his career, Lawrence completed 758-of-1138 career passes (66.6 percent) for 10,098 yards with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
With fans sending wedding gifts in recent weeks, and signs around town, the Jaguars have done just about everything except announce that Lawrence would their first pick. New coach Urban Meyer stood a few feet from Lawrence for most of Clemson’s pro day because “you want to hear it leave his hand, listen to it go by you.”
Meyer already gave Lawrence a playbook and has held several Zoom sessions with him.
Meyer also skipped BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day and told NBC Sports in March that drafting Lawrence is “certainly the direction we’re headed,” the Associated Press reported.
“Ultimately, the owner’s going to pull that ticket on that one,” Meyer said this week.
The opportunity to coach Lawrence, and build a franchise with five of the first 65 picks, was appealing enough to pull Urban Meyer out of retirement and off the Fox Sports set.
Now the next step begins.