Trevor Lawrence
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass during an NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Jacksonville Jaguars Will Thrive With Trevor Lawrence Under Center For 2021

With the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars did as expected and selected Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson. A five-star recruit coming out of high school according to 247Sports, Lawrence has been expected to make the league since day one. Drafted to a young Jacksonville team with endless potential on the offensive side of the ball, the Jaguars will thrive with Lawrence under center for years to come.

He may only be a rookie, but Lawrence has all the tools necessary to immediately make a name for himself in the NFL. He is athletic, composed, and a certified winner. Having seen playing time at Clemson since his freshman year, Lawrence was able to rack up over 10,000 passing yards and 90 touchdowns while appearing in two national championship games, almost identical numbers to Deshaun Watson during his time at Clemson. However, Lawrence accounted for 15 less interceptions in his three-year tenure. His confidence on the field speaks for itself and Jacksonville will benefit from it.

The Receiver Room

Jacksonville still has a lot of improving to do on defense, but the offense isn’t far away from being among the best if Lawrence can live up to expectations. The receiver room is stacked, featuring the newly acquired Marvin Jones Jr., D.J. Chark, and Laviska Shenault Jr., among others. Jones Jr. is among the best in the league in regards to deep threat receivers. Chark is only two years removed from a 1,000-yard season, and if he can stay healthy, he could easily become a favorite of Lawrence’s come Week 1. And where do I start with Shenault? A Heisman candidate in 2018 at the University of Colorado, injuries have kept Shenault away from utter dominance in both college and the pros. If the receiver stays healthy, I expect him to emerge as one of the league’s best.

The RB Room/O-Line

Lawrence will also benefit from a familiar backfield. Jacksonville brought in Lawrence’s fellow Clemson teammate Travis Etienne, a running back who has a knack for catching the football. Paired alongside James Robinson, who put up 10 rushing touchdowns in 2020, the Jaguars’ RB by committee will ease the pressure off Lawrence in a lot of ways. Both Lawrence and the running backs will be counting on the o-line, though. While displaying solid enough run-blocking to get Robinson to 1,000 yards last year, the pass-blocking in Jacksonville was horrid. Tying in seventh for the most sacks allowed throughout the 2020 season, the Jaguars will be hoping for big leaps, specifically from tackles Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor.

The Verdict

Lawrence will see success in Jacksonville this season, and the o-line will only determine how much success. If they can take that step in the right direction, Lawrence has all the tools to put up historical rookie numbers. There are still critics of Lawrence in the media, but by now, I can’t possibly see how you doubt this kid. Expect OROY from Lawrence and Jacksonville’s best season since 2017.

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