Remembering Urban Meyer’s comments on Trevor Lawrence feels important at a time like this. Now the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Meyer takes over for the team sitting atop the board of the 2021 NFL Draft. There is no question what position the Jaguars will look to address here: quarterback.
While many think the connection exists between Ohio State gunslinger Justin Fields, Meyer never actually coached him despite playing a part in his recruitment. In fact, more of a connection exists between Lawrence and Meyer, and not the former Ohio State coach and the former Ohio State quarterback.
A year ago, while an analyst at FOX Sports, Meyer made some interesting comments about the Clemson Tiger and Heisman Trophy finalist. This past offseason, while discussing Clemson’s chance at getting back to another National Championship game, Meyer dropped this little comment:
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"“I think Dabo Swinney, as long as he can keep that team together…the quarterback is the best quarterback in college football, ever. But what about the rest of the team? Are they going to stay focused and keep swinging like they did last year?”"
Time to lock in Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville
Ever since he was a freshman at Clemson, Lawrence has been the prized jewel in the eyes of NFL teams. Should he have had eligibility as a freshman, he would have been the first overall pick. Should he have had the ability to declare a year ago, he would have been the first overall pick. There is no reason to think Lawrence will not be the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Despite his allegiance to Ohio State, one would have to think landing Lawrence was a massive appeal to coming out of the booth and back onto the sideline for Meyer. Making the jump to the NFL after winning multiple National Championships at the college level, Meyer will get to merge his destiny with perhaps the best quarterback to declare since Andrew Luck in Lawrence.