2021 NFL Draft: No surprises as Jacksonville Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence

The Jacksonville Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
The Jacksonville Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars make the easiest choice of the 2021 NFL Draft and take arguably the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.

With the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars took former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson standout has had endless amounts of hype surrounding him since he took over the reins at Clemson his freshman season. He lived up to every bit of that hype throughout his college career.

For a franchise that has struggled to consistently put up wins on the field, the Jaguars need someone who has what it takes to win. Simply put, that’s Lawrence. He never lost a regular-season game in his entire career from high school through his time at Clemson. He won two state titles in high school and won the National Championship game in college football his freshman year.

Over his three years at Clemson, Lawrence threw for over 10,000 yards, 90 touchdowns, and just 17 interceptions (for a rating of 164.3 overall). He is also more adept with his feet than he is always given credit for as he has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards at Clemson and 18 touchdowns.

While the stats certainly show a quarterback who is a sure-fire first-round quarterback, the tape confirms a quarterback who is not only that, but also a generational talent. The best quarterback prospect since the NFL saw Andrew Luck come out of Stanford.

On film, Lawrence is above-average to elite in nearly every category out there. He has the unbelievable arm talent to make every throw he will need to in the NFL, he’s calm under pressure and has great pocket awareness, and is accurate to all parts of the field.

As stated above with the rising statistics, Lawrence is also very good with his feet and is arguably a top-two mobile quarterback in this draft. With the new coaching staff in Jacksonville and skilled players such as James Robinson, DJ Chark, and Laviska Shenault surrounding him as soon as he hits the field, Lawrence won’t be left with the pressure of having to lift Jacksonville up all on his own.

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There’s no doubt that the Jaguars have found their franchise passer for the next 15-20 years. And with the extra draft capital they already hold, it might not be too much longer before they find themselves back in the conversation as a potential playoff team.