Jaguars clinch No. 1 overall pick of 2021 draft
Jacksonville’s franchise-worst 14th consecutive loss combined with the New York Jets’ win on Sunday allowed the Jaguars to clinch the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
That also could be termed as winning the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes with the star Clemson quarterback viewed as the clear No. 1 pick.
It will mark the first time Jacksonville has owned the No. 1 pick in the draft since entering the NFL in 1995.
The Jaguars (1-14) were routed 41-17 by the Chicago Bears on Sunday while the Jets (2-13) posted their second straight upset by recording a 23-16 triumph over the Cleveland Browns.
Jacksonville has started three different quarterbacks this season — Gardner Minshew (1-7), Jake Luton (0-3) and lately Mike Glennon (0-4) — while missing the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons.
Lawrence hasn’t yet announced his future intentions, but he would be the likely starter from the outset of the 2021 season if picked by the Jaguars.
Jacksonville has struggled of late when picking early in the draft. Between 2012-17, the Jaguars had six top-five selections and none of the players are still with the team.
The list includes receiver Justin Blackmon (No. 5, 2012), offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (No. 2, 2013), quarterback Blake Bortles (No. 3, 2014), defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 3, 2015), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (No. 5, 2016) and running back Leonard Fournette (No. 4, 2017).
The Jaguars have picked second on three occasions with their best pick being offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist the past four years and figures to be one again when the 2021 finalists are revealed next month.
–Field Level Media