Not much of a mystery leading up to the big day today, the Jaguars have selected former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first-overall pick, something the franchise hopes to re-ignite the team, fan base and onlookers as they attempt to rebuild the ship now led by head coach Urban Meyer.
Lawrence, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, has been thought to be the eventual first-overall pick seemingly since his years at the high school level, and certainly during his three years at the collegiate level with the Tigers.
In three years with Clemson, Lawrence accounted for 10,098 yards, while completing 759 out of 1,138 passing attempts (66.6%), 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He would lead his team to two National Championship appearances, including one victory in 2018.
The Tigers reached the playoffs under the guidance of Lawrence during all three seasons while he was their signal-caller.
Leading up to tonight’s event, there was very little mystery surrounding who the Jaguars preferred to select with the first-overall selection, Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke recently stated that with Lawrence, the “stars aligned.”
“The easiest way to answer that is [there are] no negatives,” Baalke said earlier this month when asked about Lawrence and what the team has learned thus far about the quarterback.
“[With] all the research we’ve done, you’re always looking for the stars to align when you’re looking at prospects, whether that be from a physical, mental, character aspect, whatever the case may be. With his situation, like many others in this draft, the stars all align and that’s what you’re looking for.”
In January, Jaguars owner Shad Khan stated that one thing that has eluded the franchise in Jacksonville has been a franchise quarterback. Well, now the team hopes in Lawrence the team finally has one.
“If this isn’t a moment to enjoy for me to enjoy and for all the Jags fans, you need more coffee. Or you need something else. This is a great-to-be-alive kind of moment, frankly,” Khan said earlier this week.
Given the state of the franchise prior to this year, selecting Lawrence is a franchise-defining moment, one that will be remembered for many years as the team proceeds with Meyer and Lawrence as the faces of the franchise.