No. 2 winner from the Jaguars offseason so far – Trevor Lawrence, QB.
Trevor Lawrence was pegged as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck ahead of the 2021 draft. And even though the Jags did due diligence on other players they ultimately took the former Clemson Tiger at No. 1.
Lawrence went on to show flashes of the quarterback he was at the collegiate level but he also experienced a learning curve. While he was responsible for some of his struggles, the team’s brass didn’t do a good enough job of surrounding him with talent and building an environment in which he could thrive. The signal-caller can certainly play better. He threw 17 interceptions and averaged a measly 6.0 yards per attempt last season.
On the other hand, the Jaguars took several steps this offseason to ensure that Lawrence isn’t once again in the position he was in his rookie campaign. First, they hired Doug Pederson, a head coach that has a superb track record of working with quarterbacks. The team’s brass then signed right guard Brandon Scheff, along with wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, in free agency.
There’s a good chance the Jaguars will continue bolstering the offense in the draft. Lawrence will have enough talent around him to make a leap in Year 2 and untap his potential. Good clubs build around their quarterbacks and while the Jaguars are anything but, that’s precisely what they did this offseason.