Just like that, the Jacksonville Jaguars hold the first overall pick.
After losing their 13th game of the year in Week 15, there weren’t many positives surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, after learning that they now hold the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the mood around here has certainly improved.
For a good chunk of the season, the ‘Jags’ had been projected to earn the second overall pick in next year’s draft. After all, the New York Jets had a worse record most of the year, and it looked like they were going to have the top selection. Nevertheless, the ‘Gang Green’ came out of nowhere and beat the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15.
Now that the Jets and the Jaguars have an identical 1-13 record, the latter squad holds the first overall pick due to the strength of schedule. Things could change between now and Week 17, but based on how both teams are playing it’s unlikely they will swap draft selections.
Before this Jacksonville held the first overall pick, it was believed they would use the second overall on quarterback Justin Fields, but now that they sit at the top of the draft, they will have a chance to draft Trevon Lawrence, the best prospect in next year’s Player Selection Meeting. This mock draft takes the most recent change of circumstances into account.