Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA;  Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) on the field after winning the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Jaguars move into position for No. 1 overall pick

As the New York Jets savored their first win of the season against the host Los Angeles Rams, another celebration might have taken place nearly 2,500 miles away.

That is because the Jacksonville Jaguars moved into position for the No. 1 overall pick — and the chance to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — by virtue of the Jets’ victory.

Jacksonville and the Jets have matching 1-13 records, but the Jaguars hold the tiebreaker for the top pick based on having an easier strength of schedule. If the Jaguars lose their next two games against the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, they will have the inside track to pick first in the 2021 draft, scheduled for next spring.

Lawrence could be a dream pick for the Jaguars, who have struggled to find an answer at quarterback with a trio of players — Gardner Minshew II, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon — each making starts this season. This will mark the 12th time in the past 13 seasons that Jacksonville will miss the playoffs.

Lawrence, widely projected to be the No. 1 pick, grew up in Cartersville, Ga., less than 400 miles from Jacksonville.

The Jets are in line for the No. 2 pick, while the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) would pick third if the season ended today. The Jets finish the season against the Cleveland Browns and at the New England Patriots.

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