CLEMSON — Trevor Lawrence has been the presumed No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft since he arrived at Clemson in 2018.
Thursday night it became official.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Lawrence with the first-overall pick, making him the first Clemson player to ever go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.
Lawrence watched the draft with family and friends in the Upstate of South Carolina. He was not one of the several top NFL prospects who attended the draft in Cleveland.
“It’s almost kind of like a weight lifted off my shoulders. There’s obviously been a lot of expectations coming into this draft. Nothing’s like official,” Lawrence said. “Then finally getting to experience this moment that we’ve all been waiting for for a long time with my family and friends was really special. I’m just so excited to be a part of the Jacksonville community.”
Lawrence, who is the winningest quarterback in school history, will play for Urban Meyer in Jacksonville. The former Ohio State coach used his first pick as an NFL head coach on Lawrence, hoping to build a revamped Jaguars organization around the former Clemson quarterback.
A Heisman Trophy finalist, Lawrence enters the NFL with high expectations after going 34-2 as a starter at Clemson. He led the Tigers to the national title as a freshman in 2018, before falling to LSU and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff his last two seasons of college football.
“I’ve got a great feel from just talking with him on the phone and obviously I’m excited to get down there and be in person with the guys and the coaches and all that,” Lawrence said. “But I think the biggest thing is that he’s a winner. He’s done that his whole career.”
The Jaguars have three picks remaining to work with in the top 45. Possible options reportedly include taking an offensive lineman, slot receiver, running back or safety. Earlier in the day on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow recently worked out with the Jags. He could possibly join the team as a tight end.
Lawrence is one of five Clemson players expected to get drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Star running back Travis Etienne could hear his name called later on Thursday, while receivers Amari Rodgers and Cornell Powell and offensive lineman Jackson Carman are also expected to get drafted over the next couple of days.
The first round of the NFL Draft is on Thursday, with rounds 2 and 3 Friday and rounds 4-7 Saturday.
“Me and my wife Marissa, we’re excited to get down there and really can’t wait to go to work and just plug into the community,” Lawrence said.