Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars

It's Time for Trevor Lawrence

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A few words on the 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars: they were terrible. They started Jake Luton on purpose. They gave Mike Glennon five starts. They finished second-to-last in defensive DVOA, and outside of a pleasant James Robinson UDFA breakout season, almost nothing good came of them suiting up last year outside of securing the No. 1 overall pick. It was a culmination of the Sacksonville Jaguars slowly losing big players over the last few years and the disastrous decision to take Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017 while franchise quarterbacks were still on the board out of deference to Blake Bortles. Bortles will live on through The Good Place re-runs and the NFL's dedication to making sure any former first-round pick who is 6-foot-5 or taller gets at least five chances to become a credible backup. The era of Bortles being thought of as a good quarterback was ultimately as short-lived as that 2017 team. He was lightning in a bottle that fizzled away, and that fizzling took place before that 2017 team even took the field. Sadly, one of the few people who didn't recognize that in real time was ex-general manager David Caldwell, who didn't even survive the 2020 season.

Now, on to happier times. The Jacksonville Jaguars managed to land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and with it the rights to select Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence has been seen as the future No. 1 overall pick since his freshman season at Clemson, and it was hard to find an evaluator who didn't see him as a slam-dunk franchise quarterback. New head coach Urban Meyer, who we'll get to in a bit, said after the draft that the selection was decided in February. A video the Jaguars released in their "The Hunt" series in May had general manager Trent Baalke noting that the NFL made them wait at least seven minutes before turning in the card. This isn't just a transformational moment for the franchise in terms of talent—depending on how you felt about Mark Brunell, this is arguably the first time the...