The Jaguars non-public hit the Jacksonville jackpot by come of their future at head coach and starting quarterback. They non-public got hired three-time college nationwide champion Metropolis Meyer and might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful most absolutely draft four-time College Football Playoff QB Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 total make a choice in the 2021 NFL Draft..
If the Jaguars desired to invent a splash across the league, it’d be laborious to hand-make a choice an even bigger combination. Nevertheless “on paper” and “in principle” are diversified concepts by come of producing valid results.
Meyer became drawn abet out of retirement from his Fox Sports actions analyst gig at age 56 for the chance to come abet to Florida and work with a generational skill at the sport’s most significant set up. Despite the indisputable truth that owner Shad Khan is anticipated to be more pondering about football operations, Meyer might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful peaceful non-public the strongest train (and sway) in key personnel selections.
Getting Lawrence is a colossal step toward getting abet to playoff-caliber relevance in the NFL. Right here is what Meyer and the Jaguars want to invent that offseason to snappy get on aim to get the supreme of the elite Clemson prospect as quickly as he turns actual into a Jaguar in April:
1. Rent a tidy and ingenious offensive coordinator
Neatly suited off the bat, Meyer carries weight to assemble an all-huge name instructing workers. There are two play-callers the Jaguars might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful scamper after first and most indispensable: broken-down Texas coach Tom Herman and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.
Herman had huge success below Meyer at Ohio Protest. Elliott worked with Dabo Swinney to get elite, prolific play from Lawrence for 3 seasons. Both of these guys might presumably presumably per chance be residence runs to connect to Lawrence to protect his explosive playmaking in the NFL. If Meyer cannot get these guys, he might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful guarantee that he hires somebody who would manufacture an offense round Lawrence’s nice skill location slightly than attempting to fit him in a design with largely unfamiliar concepts.
The Cardinals had this fortune a couple years previously, shining that Kliff Kingsbury, as head coach, might presumably presumably per chance be a wonderful pairing for Kyler Murray at No. 1. Last year, the Bengals had been very tickled with Zac Taylor being the established man for Joe Burrow.
Meyer has had success with many kinds of QBs over the years, from Alex Smith to Tim Tebow to J.T. Barrett to Cardale Jones. The Jaguars might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful non-public all that self belief he’s going to connect Lawrence with the valid OC to mesh with his character and skill.
2. Be aggressive in free agency to get veteran aid
The Jaguars are sitting on potentially the most wage cap room in the NFL for 2021, round $73 million. They non-public got some promising skill-set up skill for Lawrence’s arrival. Undrafted James Robinson snappy established himself as a mighty feature abet as a rookie. D.J. Chark Jr., Laviska Shenault Jr. and Collin Johnson elevate the youthful juice at huge receiver.
Nevertheless these guys non-public cramped skills in the NFL and might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful be adjusting to a brand unique offense while they additionally get settled with Lawrence. The Jaguars peaceful non-public veteran tight terminate Tyler Eifert below contract for yet any other year to be greater deployed for Lawrence, nonetheless Chris Thompson, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and James O’Shaughnessy all are free-agent pass-catchers.
The Jaguars might presumably presumably per chance take into story bringing abet Allen Robinson or signing Marvin Jones Jr. as somebody to position outside opposite Chark and transfer Shenault fleshy time into the slot to interchange Cole. If the Chargers let Hunter Henry hit the market, he might presumably presumably per chance be the high tight terminate aim. The Jaguars additionally might presumably presumably per chance build a question to more cost-effective and deeper to enrich Eifert with Jonnu Smith, Jacob Hollister or Trey Burton.
Within the occasion that they invent no longer re-stamp Cam Robinson and so that they change into available, they might presumably presumably build a question to at a sturdy older left form out, Alejandro Villanueva or Trent Williams. The Jaguars additionally non-public hundreds of market alternate choices to greater flank Brandon Linder and Andrew Norwell internal, led by Brandon Scherff and Joe Thuney. Meyer and Lawrence are colossal splashes, nonetheless about a mighty splurges might presumably presumably per chance be correct, too.
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3. Exhaust the further first-rounder to give a enhance to the offensive line
The Jaguars can non-public a 2d make a choice in the high 32 total (to be particular) thanks to their Jalen Ramsey change with the Rams. The Jaguars did non-public most indispensable defensive disorders last season, nonetheless one make a choice might presumably presumably additionally just no longer resolve that. They non-public got bought to position a question to to stamp and draft to give a enhance to a exiguous on every stage.
There is correct edge pass-speeding, linebacker and security depth in the draft class for Jacksonville to exhaust gamers later and the values at defensive form out and defensive abet in the silly first round (No. 25 or beneath) are no longer there. Would possibly well additionally peaceful they fail to quandary high free agents up entrance or restrict it to 1 colossal addition, there are possibilities corresponding to Texas form out Samuel Cosmi and USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker to aim.
The Jaguars might presumably presumably per chance additionally take into story tight terminate in that adjust in Penn Protest’s Pat Freiermuth or scamper for a dynamic offensive weapon in Purdue’s Rondale Moore. The Jaguars want to deem defense in overall this offseason, nonetheless with Lawrence, they’ll additionally deem offense first.
4. Originate a stronger quarterback room
Mike Glennon is a free agent and no longer exactly the textbook mentor form as a engaging backup. Gardner Minshew had his mania, nonetheless in the terminate, he is a third-year sixth-rounder about to learn a brand unique offense after a 2d year of struggling to read defenses. The Jaguars might presumably presumably per chance spend a locker-room chief form with starting skills in the abet of Lawrence, with Jacoby Brissett, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick topping potentially the most appealing available alternate choices. Minshew is worth having round as a tidy, peaceful rising player, nonetheless the Jaguars need that headset/clipboard man to behave like an extension of the instructing workers.
There might be now not any build a question to that Taylor and Fitzpatrick, who bought displaced by Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa in 2020, had been extraordinarily supportive and official in helping to invent their rookie replacements invent neatly with a group-first mentality. That would additionally just peaceful invent the Jaguars want to non-public either in the room in some unspecified time in the future of an NFL offseason that can presumably presumably per chance no longer be as “virtual.”
5. Grasp no longer strive and restrict the playbook for a rookie Trevor Lawrence
The Chargers let Herbert loose with aggressive throwing and working and the result became one amongst the supreme rookie QB seasons ever. The Bengals gave Burrow fleshy enlighten and he did now not let down with his smarts and savvy beyond his years. Meanwhile, the Dolphins potentially reined in Tagovailoa too noteworthy early in his starting tenure, and that fee them a playoff berth in the terminate.
Lawrence is an skilled starter from a most indispensable college offense with established official-style resources. He can make a choice up things snappy like that diversified Clemson huge name NFL QB Deshaun Watson and like Burrow, can non-public instant teammate appreciate with his intangibles. Meyer is additionally an NFL rookie, nonetheless there is surely he desires scamper into 2021 with the come of pondering that Lawrence is already in a position to performing like a intrepid, efficient veteran passer (and runner).
This can make a choice a group effort for the Jaguars to prefer Lawrence into the high QB he might presumably presumably additionally just peaceful be for a very long time. As the man accountable of inserting that every body collectively, to that terminate, Meyer can extinguish no time proving he became a huge rent.