Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is reportedly progressing "very well" after surgery on his left shoulder in mid-February.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Thursday that Lawrence isn't yet back to full strength, but he noted the Jacksonville Jaguars' expected choice with the first overall pick in the 2021 draft has "turned a corner" in his rehab:
Jags head coach Urban Meyer explained he spoke with Lawrence about moving up his Pro Day workout from March 11 to Feb. 12, which would allow him to undergo the planned surgery sooner and give him an extra month of rehab time before the start of NFL training camps.
"And he said, 'Let's go.' That was it," Meyer told the NFL Network's Jane Slater about his conversation with the presumptive No. 1 pick. "Next thing I know, we're here at a Pro Day that they put together [quickly]. That's a guy that loves football and is confident in his ability."
In March, the Jaguars' new coach all but confirmed the selection of Lawrence when the draft kicks off April 29.
"Uh, I'd have to say that's the direction we're going," Meyer told NBC Sports' Peter King. "I'll leave that up to the owner [Shad Khan] when we make that decision official. But I'm certainly not stepping out of line that that's certainly the direction we're headed."
The decision doesn't come as a surprise, even in a 2021 draft class that features four additional quarterback prospects who could come off the board inside the top 10. BYU's Zach Wilson, Ohio State's Justin Fields, Alabama's Mac Jones and North Dakota State's Trey Lance are the others.
While those players all have the potential to become franchise signal-callers, Lawrence has long been viewed as a generational prospect.
He was rated as the sixth-best college football recruit in history coming out of Cartersville High School in Georgia by 247Sports' composite rankings, and he proceeded to throw 90 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions in 40 college games with the Tigers. He added 18 rushing scores.
From an overall tools standpoint, Lawrence is the most complete quarterback coming out of college since Stanford's Andrew Luck in 2012. So, despite the plethora of other options, the Jags' choice is clear.
Perhaps if the shoulder surgery revealed more damage than expected or if his recovery was well behind pace, then the front office would have needed to reconsider, but the update provided by Rapoport after less than two months suggests everything is on or ahead of schedule.
So Lawrence is heading to Jacksonville barring an unforeseen circumstance over the next three weeks, and then the New York Jets will be on the clock with their choice of the remaining quarterbacks.