After a disappointing 1-15 season in 2020, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided Urban Meyer was the right head coach to oversee a rebuild. That’s not the only crucial decision the team will have to make this offseason though. They also need to make sure they take the right prospect with the first overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect in this year’s selection meeting and a draft analyst believes he’s the reason why Meyer accepted the job.
In a recent First Take appearance, Mel Kiper of ESPN said he believes Lawrence is the reason the former Florida and Ohio State head coach took the Jaguars’ head coaching job, via 247 Sports. He thinks he got interested in the opening because of Lawrence, not the top pick itself.
Kiper hypothesizes that if Lawrence weren’t available, Meyer would probably not have accepted the job and adds that the Tennessee native is a generational talent. In the same segment, the analyst points out that even though he didn’t play well against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, he’s been pegged as the number one quarterback since his High School days.
Did Urban Meyer take the Jacksonville Jaguars’ job because of Lawrence?
It’s unlikely Meyer would share all the reasons why he became the Jaguars’ head coach was because of Lawrence. However, the opportunity of working with one of the best quarterback prospects since Andrew Luck in 2012 must’ve been a deciding factor in his decision to take the job.
Would Meyer have become the Jaguars’ if they didn’t have the chance to land Lawrence? Maybe, but this Jacksonville team landed the candidate they wanted, so it doesn’t make much sense to speculate about what could’ve happened.
It may be too soon to write the quarterback’s name in pen. He will likely be Jaguars’ pick when they’re on the clock, but the organization still needs to go through the evaluation process and might throw a curveball at everyone. On the other hand, the prospect of drafting Lawrence is too good to pass up.