The Jacksonville Jaguars picked Trevor Lawrence as the No.1 pick at tonight’s NFL draft held in Cleveland.
Besides Lawrence, this draft was all about Alabama Crimson Tide and quarterbacks. Six Bama players went in the first round, while five QBs found their place among the top 15 draft picks.
Lawrence, the Clemson Tigers’ superstar, was the logical choice for the Jaguars, who are rebuilding the entire franchise. After landing Urban Meyer, one of the best college head coaches ever, the Jags picked the player who is the biggest prospect in the last few years. With these two leading the way, the Jags expect to have a bright future.
Trevor Lawrence. QB1. Jacksonville. #NFLDraft
— NFL (@NFL) April 30, 2021
Clemson Tigers won one national title under Lawrence, reached the finals once more and semifinals last year. The No.1 pick threw for 3,153 yards and 24 TDs with five interceptions.
“This has been the dream for the past few years. And like I’ve said, I didn’t even dream this as a kid, so [it’s] really special and just having all the people that I care about here watching, it’s really hard to explain,” said Lawrence in his first interview following Jacksonville’s pick.
The Jaguars also took Lawrence’s teammate RB Travis Etienne as the 25th pick, deciding to reunite two players who were the Tigers’ offensive axis during their stay there.
New York Jets were second in the line, picking Zach Wilson, the quarterback from Bringham Young University. The Jets are trying to find a QB after several big failures, which heavily damaged the franchise’s reputation, making it one of the worst in the league lately.
The experiment with Sam Darnold didn’t go through, and the Jets had to make another big rebuild, this time with Wilson in the middle.
The San Francisco 49ers also decided to make a big step, as they traded their way up to the third pick, taking Trey Lance from North Dakota State. This was one of the biggest surprises this Thursday night, because nobody expected to see the 49ers this aggressive. Jimmy Garoppolo’s situation is now very complicated, and the current starting QB will face a challenging next year.
The Atlanta Falcons picked Kyle Pittis from No.4, making the former Florida player the highest-drafted tight end in the history. WR Ja’Marr Chase reunited with his former LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow, in Cincinnati, while Miami Dolphins added WR Jaylen Waddle, Tua Tagovailoa’s former target at Alabama.
Once mentioning the Crimson Tide, they had six players drafted in the first round, tying the record from 2004 held by the University of Miami.
The Heisman Trophy winner, Devonta Smith, landed in Philadelphia as the 10th overall pick, with the Eagles going up to get him. CB Patrick Surtain II is in Denver, while OT Alex Leatherwood became the latest player of the Las Vegas Raiders. RB Najee Harriss will fight for the position of the starting running back in Pittsburgh, while the quarterback, Mac Jones, ended up in New England.
With Jones’ selection, the Patriots have a player they can count on in the years to come. Right now, New England’s starting quarterback is Cam Newton, but the former MVP has a one-year contract.
Also, one of the most important news tonight was that the Chicago Bears drafted quarterback Justin Fields from Ohio State. The Bears have massive problems at the QB position, and they hope that Fields might become a long-term solution.
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