Trevor Lawrence a big reason Jacksonville Jaguars poised for big things in 2023

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence talks with media inside the TV Studio of TIAA Bank Field.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence talks with media inside the TV Studio of TIAA Bank Field. / Juston Lewis/Florida Times-Union / USA

The Jacksonville Jaguars are projected to win more than 10 games in 2023 and one big reason is Trevor Lawrence, who's brought the stability the Jags had sorely needed at quarterback. Paul Domowitch of The 33rd Team knows the impact Lawrence has in Jacksonville and he factored it in their post-draft NFL power ranking.

Domowitch ranked every team following the draft and placed the Jaguars at No. 6, citing Lawrence's presence and his room for improvement in 2023. On the other hand, he thinks that not having left tackle Cam Robinson in the lineup could loom large. Here's what Domowitch had to say:

"Good news: If you thought Trevor Lawrence was good last year, wait until you see what he can do with Calvin Ridley as a target. Bad news: The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Lawrence’s blind side protector, Cam Robinson, for the first part of the season. He was suspended for violating the league’s PED policy. They’re going to need first-round pick Anton Harrison to grow up quickly."

Robinson will serve a suspension and miss several games in 2023 for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Although general manager Trent Baalke told the local media that they took several factors into consideration when taking Anton Harrison at No. 27 in this year's draft, it's reasonable to think that not having Robinson for an extended period of time played a role in the selection.

With that being said, head coach Doug Pederson told Kainani Stevens of the team's official website that Harrison will be working on the right side next to Brandon Scherff, so it will be Walker Little, a 2021 second-round pick, who will step in at left tackle next season.

Drafting Harrison isn't the only investment the Jaguars have made to ensure that Lawrence is in a position to succeed in 2023. They also traded for wide receiver Calvin Ridley last year and used a third-round pick in the draft on Tank Bigsby to bolster their running back room, so they don't have to solely lean on Lawrence to win games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars' spot in The 33rd Team's ranking is fair

Sorting out all NFL teams can be subjective but the Jaguars have consistently popped up in the top 10 of most Power Rankings since the end of the 2022 season. The one outlier was the one Pro Football Focus put together a few days ago in which Jacksonville was only the ninth-best team in the AFC, not even the whole league.

Domowitch's rankings confirm the consensus sees the Jaguars as one of the best teams in the league, regardless of the conference.

It's true that the Jags are poised to have one of the hardest schedules in 2023 and they're set to face many clubs that appeared in the playoffs last year, including the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. However, it's hard to see them regressing due to the presence of Lawrence and Pederson. On top of that, Jacksonville is bringing back most of its starters from last year.

The bottom line is that many things can change in one year in the NFL but expecting the Jacksonville Jaguars to pick up where they left off in 2023 might be one of the safest bets you can make and having Lawrence is a huge reason why.

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