It's essentially a forgone conclusion at this point that the Jaguars are selecting quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming April 29th draft.
Jaguars coach Urban Meyer had no problem revealing their top pick plans to NBC Sports' Peter King, though it has been known for months.
“Uh,'' Meyer said. ''I’d have to say that’s the direction we’re going. I’ll leave that up to the owner when we make that decision official. But I’m certainly not stepping out of line that that’s certainly the direction we’re headed,''
Meyer attended Lawrence's Pro Day on Feb. 12 at Clemson and was sold enough on his performance that he skipped attending BYU quarterback Zach Wilson's Pro Day last week though offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell did attend.
“Trevor checks all the boxes, you know?” Meyer told King. “The number one common quality of every great player, not just quarterback, is a competitive maniac. He’s 34-2. Won a national title as a true freshman. Is a winner. I’ve seen him up close and in person compete. And then character. I see him and I witness with my players when the guys get drafted high, a lot of people get . . . They have influences in their life. Like, whether it be social media, whether it be other things that really don’t pertain to winning.
''What I’m really pleased with and I don’t want to say surprised, but him, his agent, his family, they’re focused on one thing. He wants to become the best version of himself for the National Football League, which is, well, it is somewhat refreshing”
Meyer also revealed that if he's not successful in Jacksonville after his first two seasons, he won't take the same path as Nick Saban did when he coached the Miami Dolphins before deciding he was better off returning as a college coach and took the Alabama job.
“What Coach Saban went through, I don’t know,” Meyer said. “That’s Coach Saban’s business. I’m not quite sure. At some point, I might talk to him about it . . . he’s a friend of mine and I got great respect for him. It is different. It’s completely different. My mind is set.''
Lawrence is the top-rated draft prospect in the draft. Lawrence completed 66.6 percent of his pass in three years and ranks in the school's history for passing yards (10,098) and second in touchdown passes (90).
Lawrence underwent surgery in February to repair a labrum injury on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He is expected to be a full go when training camp opens in July.
The first four picks in the draft could likely be quarterbacks. Several mock drafts have Wilson going to the New York Jets with the second overall pick. The San Francisco 49ers, who moved up to landing the third overall pick from No. 12 after a trade with the Miami Dolphins, could select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
ESPN's Mel Kiper has the Atlanta Falcons selecting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the fourth overall pick in his latest mock draft.
Lawrence not attending NFL Draft in Cleveland
Lawrence has declined the NFL's invitation to attend the NFL Draft in Cleveland on April 29-May1, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Instead, Lawrence plans to watch the draft with family and friends at Clemson.
The NFL announced last week that it will host the 86th NFL Draft in a live open-air event near First Energy Stadium. Last year the draft was originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas but it was conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hosted the draft from the basement at his home.