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Jaguars pick Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in 2021 Draft

The wait is over: Trevor Lawrence is new quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars

There was no surprise and Jacksonville Jaguars turned the quarterback Trevor Lawrence on the first global recruit of the 2021 Draft this Thursday night.

It was speculated to Lawrence, who played at the collegiate level for the Clemson Tigers, as the first overall pick in this year’s draft, even months before the Jaguars as holders of the first turn in the first round, by virtue of the worst record in the NFL in the 2020 campaign.

On March 29, the new head coach of the Jaguars, Urban Meyer, acknowledged to NBC Sports that selecting Lawrence was “the direction the franchise was taking” Jacksonville, confirming the widespread feeling that the passer would be the first chosen player of the Draft 2021.

In the middle of this month, Lawrence pledged to donate $ 20,000 to charitable organizations in the area of Jacksonville, writing that he hoped “to be part of the community very soon”, more than a week before the start of the Draft 2021.

On April 12, USA Today reported that Jags They had started going over key elements of their playbook with Lawrence during the five virtual meetings via Zoom to which the teams with the prospects are entitled.

Lawrence – considered by some to be a generational talent – becomes the fourth quarterback selected in the first round for the Jaguars in franchise history, and first chosen with the first global turn. Byron Leftwich was selected seventh overall in 2003, Blaine Gabbert he went to Jacksonville with the tenth global shift of 2011, and Blake Bortles was voted third overall in 2014. Leftwich played four seasons in Jacksonville, Gabbert played three, and Bortles spent five years with Jags.

Further, Jacksonville chose in the first round of 2005, with the 21st overall turn, the former quarterback of Arkansas, Matt Jones, but always with the intention that he would line up as a wide receiver.

At the end of March, Adam Schefter from ESPN reported that Lawrence had declined the invitation of the NFL to personally attend the celebration of the festivities of the Draft 2021, on Cleveland, choosing to enjoy the event in Clemson, surrounded by some family and friends.

Lawrence – a 6-foot-6, 213-pound passer – was a five-star recruit in Cartersville, Georgia, before reaching Clemson and lead the Tigers to the national title as a freshman in 2018. In 2019, as a sophomore, he again placed the Tigers in the College Football Playoffs Championship Game, where Clemson fell before LSU. In 2020, Clemson stayed in the semifinals of CFP after losing to the eventual runner-up, Ohio State. In three seasons as a starter, Lawrence he only lost two games.

Lawrence finished seventh in the vote for the Heisman Trophy in 2019, and second in 2020. He was awarded the Archie Griffin Award in 2018, and Bobby Bowden Trophy in 2020.

It is expected that Lawrence sign a contract of about $ 35 million for the next four years, according to the rookie pay scale of the NFL. In addition, the Jaguars will have the option to a fifth year of contract, as it happens with all first-round recruits. The total is slightly below what he signed last year Joe Burrow with the Cincinnati Bengals, as the first global recruit of the Draft 2020, due to the fall in the salary cap for this year caused by the pandemic.

The Jaguars they were in need of a quarterback after the disaster that was the level at the position in 2020, when they started the season with Gardner Minshew II – sixth-round draft pick of 2019 – as a starter. Due to injuries, Jaguars they were forced to turn to last year’s sixth round draft, Jake Luton, and the veteran Mike Glennon. Between Luton Y Glennon they combined for a 0-8 mark.

The analyst of NFL Draft in order to ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr., rated Lawrence as the fourth-best prospect at the quarterback position in the past 40 years, writing, “He’s got everything the teams in the NFL They look to a starting quarterback, from size to arm talent, the ability to process reads and make the perfect pass. Lawrence ended his career with Clemson with 108 total touchdowns (18 on the ground) and only 17 interceptions over three seasons. “

For his part, the analyst of NFL Draft in order to ESPN, Todd McShay, wrote around Lawrence, “he’s really on a level on his own,” and that “The passer of Clemson He’s a quarterback prospect that comes once a decade. “

Lawrence generated some controversy in mid-April, when he said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that “I don’t have this huge feeling that everyone is against me and I have to prove everyone wrong. I just don’t have that. I can’t manufacture it. . I do not want”.

Those comments led some to question his passion and motivation for football, to which the quarterback, who went 34-2 as a starter at the college level, responded in a series of social media posts.

“I am internally motivated. I love football as much or more than anyone. It is a HUGE priority in my life, obviously. I am driven to be the best that I can be, and maximize my potential. AND WIN,” wrote Lawrence –Player of the Year of the ACC in 2020 – on his Twitter account. “I don’t need football to feel valuable as a person.”

Lawrence had surgery on the labrum of the left shoulder –Lawrence throws with the right arm – in February, but participated in the passing session of the pro day of Clemson without major difficulties, meeting the high expectations for the event against teams from the NFL.

Jacksonville was one of the most active teams in free agency, signing wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr., Phillip Dorsett II, Jamal Agnew y Chris Conley, in addition to the corridor Carlos Hyde and to the tight end Chris Manhertz, in preparation for the eventual arrival of Lawrence as quarterback of the future.

The Jaguars They have only had one winning season in the last 13 years. Only two quarterbacks in the history of Jacksonville – dating back to 1995 – have been elected to at least one Pro Bowl: Mark Brunnell (1996, 1997 and 1999) and David Garrard (2009).

Jacskonville finished the 2020 season 1-15, losing 15 games in a row after upsetting the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. With only 306 points scored in the campaign, the Jags they were the third worst team in this category in the league last year.

Information from Michael DiRocco was used in the writing of this note.

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