3 reasons why you have to like Jacksonville Jaguars draft haul

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The Jacksonville Jaguars found their franchise quarterback in the draft.

Once the Jaguars clinched the first overall selection in 2021’s draft, it seemed inevitable that Trevor Lawrence was going to be their pick. Although there are those that believe Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields may end up having a more fruitful NFL career, the consensus believes the Clemson standout was the most talented prospect in recent years.

Before the draft, this Jacksonville team had been looking for a long-term solution at quarterback without much success. This past decade, they used first-round picks on Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles but neither of them was the answer. They even signed Super Bowl hero Nick Foles but he quickly flamed out.

Mark Brunell and David Garrard had some good stretches but never have the Jaguars had stability at the position nor someone they can claim as their franchise quarterback… until 2021’s selection meeting. The Jaguars now have a signal-caller they can build a team and in fact, that’s precisely what they have been doing all offseason long.

The Jaguars brought in Darren Bevell to become their offensive coordinator because of his work with All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle. Moreover, they have added as many offensive weapons as they could during the offseason. It’s common for top picks in the draft to join teams that are in disarray. That won’t be Lawerence’s case. Jacksonville is aware that the Tennessee native can’t win without talent around him. They also know he’s the most important piece in their rebuilding effort.