Trevor Lawrence Drafted by Jaguars: JAX's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 30, 2021

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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To no one's surprise, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

Lawrence completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 8.9 yards per attempt, 90 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions. He threw for 10,098 yards in 35 games, going 33-2 and winning the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Clemson went to the CFP during each of Lawrence's three years in school, making the national title game twice.

The 2020 Heisman Trophy runner-up also rushed for 943 yards and 18 touchdowns during his career.

Here's a look at how the Jaguars' offensive depth chart stacks up with the star playmaker in the mix.


Jaguars' Offensive Depth Chart

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Gardner Minshew II, C.J. Beathard

RB: James Robinson, Carlos Hyde, Dare Ogunbowale, Ryquell Armstead

WR1: DJ Chark Jr.

WR2: Marvin Jones Jr.

WR3: Laviska Shenault Jr., Phillip Dorsett, Collin Johnson

TE: Tyler Eifert, Chris Manhertz

LT: Cam Robinson, Will Richardson

LG: Andrew Norwell, K.C. McDermott

C: Brandon Linder, Tyler Shatley

RG: A.J. Cann, Ben Bartch

RT: Jawaan Taylor, Derwin Gray



Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks of NFL Network offered rave reviews of Lawrence's work. Per Jeremiah:

"Lawrence went out there today and showed me everything I needed to see. It was crisp, and he threw some beautiful deep balls. There might have been a throw or two in the red zone that got away from him, but overall, he did everything he had to do to maintain his status as the top prospect in this draft."

Brooks added:

"This is a rare player. He's tall and athletic with tremendous arm talent. He has a winning pedigree, leading Clemson to the College Football Playoff in all three of his seasons and capturing a national title as a true freshman. When I look at Trevor Lawrence, I think of him as Justin Herbert-plus. He's everything the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has been but I think Lawrence is an even more dynamic playmaker."

Lawrence has earned top reviews everywhere, making him a near-consensus No. 1 pick on big boards. Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network offered his take, saying in part:

"The hype surrounding Trevor Lawrence is no doubt warranted. He's not perfect, as the hype may lead one to believe, but he's undoubtedly one of the best quarterback prospects of the millennium. Lawrence compounds impressive mental traits with tremendous athleticism at his size, as well as exceptional arm talent and off-script ability. This combination makes him a safe prospect with a proportionally high upside."

The B/R NFL Scouting Department gave him a grade of 9.6 out of 10, leading all 2021 NFL draft prospects. Any score falling between 9.5-9.9 lands on the "Hall of Fame talent" portion of the B/R grading scale.

Lawrence underwent surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder in February but should be good to go for training camp, per ESPN's Dan Graziano. He held a virtual pro day in February before the surgery and measured at 6'5" and 213 pounds with 10" hands.

The Jaguars, who went 1-15 last year, needed a franchise quarterback to reboot an organization that had been on a downward spiral ever since reaching the 2017 AFC Championship Game.

They get that chance in drafting Lawrence, who will now look to reinvigorate the Jags under first-year head coach (and three-time CFB champion) Urban Meyer.

Lawrence has the capability to be one of the NFL's top quarterbacks over the next couple decades. He's been fantastic against top competition for three years and has the physical attributes that can lead to long-term NFL success. The Jaguars are lucky to have him, and they may start seeing positive results instantly.


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