Jacksonville Jaguars best offensive rookie – QB Trevor Lawrence
This was a no-brainer. Who else besides Trevor Lawrence deserved consideration? The former Clemson Tiger is proving the Jaguars made the right decision when they chose him with the first overall pick of the 2021 draft. Although it may be a bit premature to use the franchise quarterback label when discussing him, he’s proving he has what it takes to play at a high level in the NFL.
Even though Lawrence has started just six NFL games, he’s showing good pocket awareness and the ability to make all kinds of throws. Also, his decision-making has significantly improved since Week 1. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If he continues to get better, it won’t be long before he becomes one of the league’s best young passers.
Jacksonville Jaguars best defensive rookie – CB Tyson Campbell
Cornerback Tyson Campbell earned this place by default. The truth is the Jags aren’t getting much from their 2021 rookie class and the former Georgia Bulldog is the best of the bunch. Defensive tackle Jay Tufele played a bit against the Tennesee Titans but got hurt during warmups in Week 6. Jordan Smith isn’t ready yet and Andre Cisco has seen his playing time decrease considerably in recent weeks.
Campbell could become a solid starting cornerback in the NFL. He’s shown flashes but has also looked overwhelmed. He missed the last two games with a toe injury but should return for Week 8. Maybe his time off the field will help him work on his fundamentals and the mental aspect of the game.