The Jaguars hold the first overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft and will likely use it on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, arguably the best college prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012, so the chances of trading away the pick may be slim to none. However, if a team makes an offer that is too good to pass up, should they listen or hang up the phone immediately?
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently wondered whether someone could make an offer that could entice the ‘Jags’ to part ways with the top selection in this year’s draft. He sees the Carolina Panthers as an intriguing team that could try to trade up from number eight to one.
Florio points out that the Miami Dolphins aggressively tried to trade up and acquire the first overall pick from the Cincinnati Bengals last year and a team like the Panthers could attempt to do the same this year. Although their efforts ultimately failed, the ‘Phins’ showed a willingness to offer as much as they could to land the first overall pick in 2020’s draft.
Why the Jacksonville Jaguars shouldn’t listen to any potential offers.
The draft is a crapshoot and there’s no guarantee Lawerence will become a franchise quarterback. Nevertheless, if he plays the way analyst projects, the Jaguars wouldn’t need to worry about the position for more than a decade. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN suggested that the Clemson standout was the main reason why Urban Meyer took Jacksonville’s head coaching job and even helped arrange his workout session at Clemon, so it’s unlikely he would pass up the chance to draft him.
Also, the ‘Jag’s aren’t in need of additional assets. They already have 11 picks, including four in the first two rounds, in this year’s draft and are projected to have $77 million in cap space and can make a couple of impact signings in free agency. Although a stream of first-round selections sounds great, they aren’t hurting for resources to add playmakers.
The Jaguars would surely like to have more first-round picks but not at the expense of drafting Lawrence. Even though they would welcome a few extra selections they are in great shape to give their roster a makeover.