Jaguars 2021 NFL Draft: 3 takeaways from pre-draft press conference

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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer (middle) and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are leaning towards taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, but there are different paths they can take with their other picks. Head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke recently had a sit-down with the local media to discuss the approach they’re taking in the player selection meeting.

Although Meyer and Baalke didn’t go over any specifics, they shared some interesting tidbits about the process and the strategy they will employ in the draft. Here are three key takeaways from the press conference.

1) The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t made up their mind about the top pick.

Even though Meyer has implied that Lawrence is the Jags’ choice with the first pick, he said he and Baalke are meeting with owner Shahid Khan this week to reach a decision. The head coach has already said the Clemson standout possesses all characteristics great quarterbacks have.

Meyer said he’s had positive productive online meetings with Lawrence, and Baalke added that they haven’t found any red flags on the quarterback. Based on their comments, the meeting with Khan may not last much.

Later in the sit-down, Meyer said that even though there were many directions the team could’ve taken, they chose to hire Darrell Bevell because of his work with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The head coach believes Bevell played a tremendous role in Russ’ early development in the NFL and his ability to perform at a high level rather quickly.

Based on Meyer’s comments, the Jaguars have a plan in place, and if Lawrence ends up flopping, which isn’t likely, it won’t be for a lack of direction. The team’s brass is doing everything in their power to put their quarterback of the future in a position to succeed.