New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer hasn’t said who the team is taking with the No. 1 overall draft pick, but let’s be honest, everyone already knows. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is going to be the selection.
And while Meyer hasn’t said as much, he sure did talk up Lawrence’s decision to host a “Pro Day” workout ahead of a minor shoulder surgery.
“We had extremely high expectations and we were not disappointed,” Meyer said, via Jaguars.com. “But even more than the actual Pro Day was the way he handled it. We found out just days earlier about his left shoulder, that he had a labrum issue that’s very fixable — and by the way, it is fixed. He’s in rehab now.”
Meyer said he was especially impressed that Lawrence even held the workout, given Lawrence’s already-lofty status.
“He very well could have said, ‘I’m not going to throw. I’m going to go, and you guys take me or not. I’m that good,'” Meyer said. “The conversation was similar to this: ‘Hey, what do you think?’ ‘Let’s go.’ That was the answer: ‘Let’s go.’ I’ve seen him throw live at the Fiesta Bowl. I’ve watched him because of my job at FOX, and I’ve known Trevor quite a while. I wanted [Brian] Schottenheimer and [Darrell] Bevell to see him live. I explained it to [Lawrence], and he said, ‘Let’s go. Give me the ball. Let’s go.’ Seven days later, he was on the field throwing. Most kids, I would say, would not do that.”
Meyer will soon get the chance to have Lawrence’s back on a full-time basis, as the two will come together to try to rebuild the Jaguars after a 1-15 season. The Pro Day workout was a good start, according to Meyer — who said he stood near Lawrence in order to get an accurate read on the QB.
“I want to hear that ball go by my head,” Meyer said. “I do the same thing at practice. And I do want him to know we’re right there. You’ll see me do that with our kickers, too. I’m going to get real close to them. Life’s about how you can respond to pressure.”