ESPN’s Todd McShay released his latest mock draft and with the Jaguars at the top of board and needing a new quarterback it’s a no-brainer — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the pick.
And we’re not looking back, folks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson*
Did you expect anyone else? I haven’t seen a quarterback prospect quite like Lawrence in almost a decade, and the Jaguars are certainly in the market for one. Gardner Minshew, Mike Glennon and Jake Luton combined for the NFL’s second-worst Total QBR in 2020 (43.7). Jacksonville will have a new general manager and a new coach after losing 15 games, and the 6-foot-6 Lawrence — who has a huge arm, good mobility in the pocket and all the intangibles you could ask for — would give the team a starting quarterback who should soon be among the NFL’s best. Lawrence declared for the draft on Wednesday.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)
Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa*
We went offense in a big way at No. 1 overall, so let’s pivot to defense with the Jaguars’ second pick of Day 1. Nixon has great instincts and agility for his 305-pound size. In recent drafts, Jacksonville has padded the edge with K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen, but the middle of the line still needs help. Its 4.7 yards per carry allowed is tied for fifth worst in the NFL, and Colts running back Jonathan Taylor just gutted the Jags for 253 rushing yards on Sunday. Nixon had 13.5 tackles for loss this season and would be a good building block for the team’s new staff.
Ladies and gentlemen... we got him.
Trevor Lawrence is the consensus best player in the NFL Draft and the best player at a position of need for this team. Get in losers, we’re drafting a franchise quarterback.
As far as Daviyon Nixon, I think upgrading our interior defensive line is one of several goals this offseason. The season finale against the Indianapolis Colts was indicative of what went on all year — teams just gashing us for easy yards between the hashmarks.
What do you think? Is there any reason we shouldn’t draft Trevor Lawrence? Any Justin Fields stans out there? Let us know in the comments below!