Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence made history Thursday night when he became the school’s first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Now he sets his sights on what he can do to help turn the Jacksonville Jaguars into a contender.
There was so much history made on both sides though. It was also the first time in franchise history that the Jaguars held the No. 1 selection and they didn’t waste anytime making use of it. The highest they had drafted before this year was No. 2, drafting in that spot three times.
There was very little drama heading into the draft regarding the top pick. Even Urban Meyer, the Jags new head coach, had all but admitted Lawrence was their guy.
Lawrence was very excited but poised, as usual, when he got the call in Seneca, SC where he was watching the draft with friends and family. He did make it very clear how he felt about the pick and how much support he’s already gotten from the Jacksonville community and fan base.
“To be coming down to Jacksonville, I couldn’t be more excited,” Lawrence said. “I think it’s a great fit for me and my family. We’re just so excited to get down there. Thank you guys for all the support already. We’re not even there yet and we definitely feel the love and support, and really excited to bring some energy to the city and do everything in my power to get us back to where we want to be, so thank you guys so much.”
Lawrence also made it very clear that he plans on bringing the same philosophy Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has always used to his new team in Jacksonville.
“The best is yet to come,” Lawrence said. “That’s what we said here at Clemson and I’m just gonna take that on to the next step, which is Jacksonville, so I’m super excited to be a Jag.”
There have been some that have questioned whether Lawrence has the drive needed to succeed in the NFL but the 6-foot-6, 220 pound quarterback’s record alone shows how competitive he is and what type of inner drive he really has.
He went 34-2 in three seasons as a starter at Clemson. This included an 11-0 freshman campaign in 2018, a 14-1 sophomore campaign in 2019, and an 11-1 junior campaign this past season. He also only lost two games in a stellar high school career.
Lawrence also led the Tigers to appearances in the National Championship following his freshman and sophomore seasons going 1-1 in those appearances. Over his three seasons as Clemson’s starting quarterback he completed 758 of 1,138 passes for 10,098 yards and 90 touchdowns with 17 interceptions.
Add in the fact that Lawrence didn’t even have to play the 2020 Covid season. He already supplanted himself as the number one overall pick in this years draft. It would have been easy to just sit out and not risk injury or getting Covid (which he did catch), but chose to compete with his teammates and try to add another national title. Just another piece of evidence showing his drive along with just how much he loves to play this game.