By now, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ intention to use the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is one of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL. Something catastrophic would need to happen for them to change their choice and legendary writer Peter King recently shared a conversation that seems to confirm the Jags’ plan with the top pick.
In King’s latest Football Morning in America column, he talked to Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, who implied the Jaguars will draft Lawrence with the top pick. Even though he doesn’t outright say, ‘he’s our top pick’, he mentions that’s the path the team is taking and adds that it will be up to owner Shahid Khan to decide when the organization will officially announce the decision.
"“I’d have to say that’s the direction we’re going. I’ll leave that up to the owner when we make that decision official. But I’m certainly not stepping out of line that that’s certainly the direction we’re headed.”"
Later in the conversation with King, Meyer says that Lawrence “checks all the boxes’ and highlights his competitiveness his winning record at Clemson. The head coach adds that he’s seen the Tennessee native up close and likes the fact he wants to become “the best version of himself”. Furthermore, Meyer told King that he and Lawrence share the same passion for Jacksonville. At this point, there’s no way this is just a smokescreen.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could officially announce the pick at any time.
There won’t be much drama ahead of the draft and the Jaguars’ decision won’t turn into a Payton Manning or Ryan Leaf kind of debacle. As Kings points out, there’s no need for the Jaguars to generate a faux narrative. You could argue Jacksonville went to BYU’s Pro Day to watch quarterback Zach Wilson throw, but he wasn’t the only prospect that showed up. Offensive tackle Brady Christensen and defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga also performed and could be Day 3 picks.
Sure, Wilson’s draft stock has recently risen and he made a throw at his Pro Day that got everybody’s attention, but the Jaguars aren’t suddenly going to scratch Lawrence’s name of the draft card they will hand to commissioner Roger Goddell on Draft Day. In fact, you could already order your Lawrence jersey and just wait for it to arrive. That’s how likely his selection will be.