Updated: May 24
This year’s hot commodity at QB is Trevor Lawrence from Clemson University. Lawrence has been at the center of attention in the NCAA for the past three years. Can the NFL teams trust in him?
Lawrence is a three-time ACC Conference Champion, three-time Heisman Trophy finalist, and has played in two NCAA National Championships with a 1-1 record.
Lawrence will likely join a fraternity of men who all bear the weight of the 1st overall pick, which has its blessings and its banes.
The First Pick
Quarterback is possibly the most important and the most difficult position to master in sports. It’s the position that can make or break a team, and they are the leader of their offense if not -- the whole team.
Since the 2001 NFL Draft, a quarterback has been taken with the 1st pick in the draft in 14 of 20 drafts. Of those 14 quarterbacks chosen, half have won the Heisman Trophy, and 11 were finalists for the Heisman.
Lawrence is one of the most popular college quarterbacks in the past ten years. He’s been a Heisman Trophy finalist each year of his college career, has made the playoff all three years and been to the National Championship. Essentially, he has a lot of accolades, similar to many of these quarterbacks who also went no. 1 overall.
If selected by the Jaguars, Lawrence will go into a newer system with a new head coach in Urban Meyer. Lawrence may not pop off with the rookie season many analysts are imagining. The Jaguars have a lot of missing pieces. They are desperate for a QB, and they while they have a few players on the offense who are potential big-time threats, they'll still need to enhance themselves with a good leader behind them.
Essentially, Lawrence has a lot of eyes on him. Just like many other potential no. 1 prospects overalls in the past 20 years. And there is a plethora of directions this upcoming season could go for Trevor. As history shows, the cards are stacked against him. However, the past few quarterbacks taken no. 1 overall have been able to steer away from history’s doing. Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield have both found success in their new programs. And with Meyer running things in Jacksonville, that could be a promising situation for Lawrence.
If the staff can build up and keep a team together in Jacksonville, they could be on the way to being competitive for the AFC South again in the next few years.
But should the coaching, scheming, or some players botch these next few years, Lawrence could go down as one of the biggest draft busts in the 21st century.