The Jacksonville Jaguars will most likely use the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. In fact, don’t be surprised if head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell are already looking for ways to tailor the offense around his skill set. That’s how talented the Tennessee native is, and something dramatic would need to happen between now and the selection meeting for the team’s brass to change their pick.
Other NFL teams are also taking for granted the Jags will draft Lawrence and have already called them to inquire about how available Gardner Minshew is, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. While the third-year quarterback could have some trade value, Jacksonville should consider keeping him, as he’s set to make $850,000 in 2021 and $965,000 the following year. That’s a pretty affordable salary for a backup quarterback all things considered.
In the end, it will come to how the new regime values Minshew. After all, he’s got starting experience and could play a few games if Lawrence weren’t, for some reason, able to take the field. They say that backup quarterback is the second most important position in a football team and the Jaguars would need to find one in case they traded Minshew. Here are their options in case they move on from the Washington State product.