The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially announced its coaching staff, and they’ve already begun to work reshaping the franchise under the leadership of head coach Urban Meyer.
One of the first responsibilities that coach Meyer and the organization will have will be to address the quarterback position. The Jaguars will have first dibs on any of the draft-eligible quarterbacks, including the presumptive first-overall pick, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Tomorrow, Lawrence will be participating in Clemson’s Pro Day, the final chance for coaches to see him throw before he has routine surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
Speaking for the first time today, Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell stated that he, along with passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Meyer will all be in attendance tomorrow for Lawrence’s Pro Day beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
“I think for me, it’s just important just to see the ball come out of his hands,” Bevell said. “I think one of the hardest things to do on tape is be able to tell velocity, and just the way it comes out of his hand. Also want to see the command that he’s going to have — kind of our first opportunity to be able to get him in person.
“We won’t be able to meet and talk with him like we normally would before or after. So it’s just going to be the workout itself. But excited to watch him throw in person.”
The Jaguars have yet to declare one way or another what direction they are headed at the quarterback position. Bevell did, however, mention that he has already met with current Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II and has already begun the process of evaluating the collegiate quarterbacks, including specifically Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
Without a traditional scouting combine, the process for evaluating talents, and specifically the quarterback position will be somewhat different. Typically, coaches and scouts get an opportunity to conduct long-form interviews with prospects, picking their brains at lengths to see how they fit with their team. This year, those interviews, if conducted at all, will be via zoom.
“Obviously, we’re going to have to do a great job. I think the most important things with the combine is the background and those kinds of things,” Bevell said. “But we’ll have to use all the other stuff at our disposal.”
Expect the Jaguars to continue its evaluation, and don’t be surprised to see them attend several, if not all of the top quarterback Pro Days as they work through the process. All signs, however, are pointing to Lawrence being the No. 1 pick, and his Pro Day tomorrow will be the last opportunity for the team to see him in action.