It’s an ongoing terrible season 2020/2021 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the franchise gained a much-needed boost related to the 2021 NFL Draft. Sometimes in losing, a major victory can happen, and so it has been with the Jaguars as the franchise clinched the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft.
After a 14th consecutive loss (a 41-17 demolition by the Chicago Bears), the Jaguars secured the No. 1 pick following the New York Jets downing the Cleveland Browns. With a terrible 1-14 record, the Jacksonville organization is receiving some good news with the draft pick.
In fact, this could be the biggest moment in the history of the Jaguars, who joined the NFL back in 1995. While sports betting fans can bet on the NFL through sites such as bets-ph.com, speculation around the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft has been at fever pitch.
The next question is who are the Jaguars likely to choose as their pick? Well, it seems almost certain the franchise will pick up Clemson quarterback Trever Lawrence.
Let’s be clear, Jacksonville is a small franchise, and the list of all-time great players is relatively small. That means Lawrence would be an instant big fish in a small pond and one of the biggest names the Jags have ever had on their roster.
Jacksonville fans will remember well previous stars, such as running back Fred Taylor, who is in the top 20 list of NFL rushing. Then there’s offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who often makes the finals of the Hall of Fame, without yet becoming an inductee. Notably, Boselli was Jacksonville’s first ever NFL Draft pick as fledgling franchise. If the promising Trever Lawrence can fulfil his huge potential, he could sit with those franchise and NFL all-timers.
Certainly, he would instantly be the most complete draft players in franchise history. His record with Clemson is impressive and includes a pair of national title contests, one which he won in his freshman year. He is currently 38-1 as a starting quarterback and is considered one of the brightest prospects in the position for years.
For the Jaguars, having a star prospect on board could help to reverse the franchise’s recent fortunes. Let’s not forget that the Jag’s were a surprise hit when first appearing in the NFL 25 years ago. The team qualified for the NFL Playoffs in four of its first five seasons and won two division titles along the way.
Since then, the franchise secured just three more playoff appearances in the next 20 years and remains one of only four teams without a Super Bowl in the NFL. Over the last decade, the team has not had a winning season (dating back to 2007) and lost 10 or more games 9 times in 10 years. While Lawrence is unlikely to bring championship success to the Florida city, he could put the Jag’s back in the Playoff picture again.