Trevor Lawrence knew for months leading up to the NFL Draft that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to take him with the first overall pick. Waiting until draft night to announce the pick was simply a formality for the team, and it was one that nearly backfired.
Lawrence was at home with his family the night of the draft waiting to officially celebrate the start of his NFL career. When the Jaguars were on the clock at No. 1, they tried to get Lawrence on the phone to deliver the news that the former Clemson star knew was coming. There was one big problem, however — the team’s calls weren’t getting through.
Eventually, Urban Meyer was able to reach Lawrence from his personal cell phone. You can see the comically tense situation unfold below:
The @Jaguars have been doing a fabulous job putting together behind the scenes clips with their “The Hunt” series on YouTube. They almost had a scare on draft night when their calls to Trevor Lawrence kept on going to voicemail.
The Jaguars could have announced their pick at any point, as there was no doubt there were picking Lawrence. Still, getting the call and celebrating with your family is all part of the draft experience. We’re glad Lawrence wasn’t robbed of that.
Trevor Lawrence already knew he was headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars long before Thursday night’s NFL Draft. What he didn’t know was that one of his Clemson teammates would be joining him.
The Jaguars also had the No. 25 pick in the first round, and they used it on running back Travis Etienne, Lawrence’s teammate at Clemson. On Friday, Lawrence didn’t hide his excitement, adding that the selection was a total surprise to him.
“Yeah, I was honestly not expecting it at all,” Lawrence said, via Garrett Stepien of 247Sports. “And then we had just been celebrating and hanging out and taking pictures and doing everything, so we weren’t even really watching the draft. And then we knew we were picking at 25, so started watching around 20. I had no idea who we were going to take. And then I got a text right before it went on TV, ‘We’re picking Travis.’ So I was like, ‘I didn’t even know we were going to take a running back.’ It was awesome. So like I said, it just makes it special. I got someone to come with me from Clemson and it’s just awesome.”
Lawrence and Etienne played together for three years at Clemson, winning a national championship together. Both were vital parts of the Tiger offense for virtually their entire time together. The Jaguars certainly knew they were getting two guys fully capable of working together.
Trevor Lawrence has been an NFL player for less than 24 hours, but the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback is already breaking records.
According to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, Lawrence broke the record for merchandise sales by a draft pick on the first night of the NFL Draft. Fanatics, which is a licensed merchandise and apparel partner for the NFL and Jaguars, says Lawrence doubled the sales of the previous record holder. The previous record didn’t last very long, as it was set by Joe Burrow after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him a year ago.
The sales numbers include merchandise, memorabilia and pre-sale orders for Lawrence jerseys. Justin Fields, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears, ranked second behind Lawrence.
While Lawrence’s record speaks to his potential, it also says plenty about the current strength of the NFL brand. It’s no coincidence that the last two No. 1 overall picks have set the record for merchandise sales on draft night. The fact that they are quarterbacks helps, but the records prove the NFL has never been more popular than it is right now.
Jaguars fans are desperate for a winning team, and they’re hoping Lawrence can give them one. They have already shown Lawrence how excited they are about him in another way, and the former Clemson star returned the favor in awesome fashion.
Trevor Lawrence is trying to pay back Jacksonville Jaguars fans after they donated numerous wedding gifts to him and his wife Marissa Mowry.
Jaguars fans tracked down Lawrence’s wedding registry and paid for a number of the quarterback’s gifts. In response, Lawrence said he would be paying them back by donating $20,000 to various charities in Jacksonville.
Thank you @Jaguars fans. We really appreciate the wedding gifts and donations for charities of our choice! In addition to the donations, Marissa and I will also be donating $20K to charities in Jacksonville. Thanks again, we hope to be a part of your community soon
Lawrence isn’t even part of the community yet, but he’s almost certain to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He’s clearly already endearing himself to the team’s fans before he’s even been selected.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is clarifying remarks he made to Sports Illustrated about his personal motivations in the NFL.
In a recent SI cover story, Lawrence told Michael Rosenberg that he does not “have this huge chip on my shoulder” and said he didn’t need to succeed in the NFL for his life to be okay.
“It’s not like I need this for my life to be OK,” Lawrence said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I want to do it because I want to be the best I can be. I want to maximize my potential. Who wouldn’t want to? You kind of waste it if you don’t.
“I don’t have this huge chip on my shoulder, that everyone’s out to get me and I’m trying to prove everybody wrong. … I think that’s unhealthy to a certain extent, just always thinking that you’ve got to prove somebody wrong, you’ve got to do more, you’ve got to be better.”
Some people questioned Lawrence’s comments, wondering whether they reflected the kind of attitude that many expect from a top-tier NFL quarterback. That prompted Lawrence on Saturday to issue a statement on Twitter clarifying his remarks.
It seems as if people are misreading my sentiment.
I am internally motivated – I love football as much or more than anyone. It is a HUGE priority in my life, obviously. I am driven to be the best I can be, and to maximize my potential. And to WIN. (1/3)
I have a lot of confidence in my work ethic, I love to grind and to chase my goals. You can ask anyone who has been in my life. That being said, I am secure in who I am, and what I believe. I don’t need football to make me feel worthy as a person. I purely love the game and (2/3)
It’s a shame Lawrence had to clarify this, especially because it’s essentially what he said in the initial interview. Football is important to him, but it isn’t an all-consuming aspect of his personality. That being true doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about being successful, or that he won’t work hard once he makes it into the league. In fact, all of that is reflected in his decision on whether to attend the NFL Draft.
Lawrence is set to be the No. 1 pick in the draft regardless of comments like these. Expect him to be a success once he gets to the NFL, too.
Trevor Lawrence had the opportunity to attend the NFL Draft in person, but he’s passing on it.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lawrence declined the NFL’s invitation to attend the draft in Cleveland. Instead, the likely No. 1 pick will watch the draft at Clemson with select family and friends, which was his preference all along.
Presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence is declining the chance to attend the draft in Cleveland and is instead choosing to watch it at Clemson with a few family members and friends, per sources. Despite NFL’s invite, Lawrence never wavered in his desire to watch draft at Clemson.
Unlike last year, there will be some in-person draft functions in Cleveland. It will be unusual, especially without the presumptive top pick there, but it seems likely some other prospects will probably attend.
Attending the draft can lead to some awkward moments if things don’t go as planned. That’s exceedingly unlikely for Lawrence, but he would rather just watch with his friends.
Lawrence underwent a procedure on his left shoulder in the middle of February. He was expected to have a 5-6 month recovery timeline.
Lawrence threw for scouts at Clemson’s Pro Day prior to getting the shoulder surgery. His performance at the Pro Day went well and should cement his status as one of the likely top picks in April’s draft.
Lawrence played three years at Clemson and passed for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also rushed for 18 scores.
Conventional wisdom around the NFL Draft is pretty strongly in favor of Trevor Lawrence not just as the top quarterback available, but as the likely No. 1 pick. It sounds like some teams may disagree with that assessment.
Matt Miller of The Draft Scout reported Wednesday that one NFL team has BYU quarterback Zach Wilson ahead of Lawrence on their board. One scouting director even compared Wilson to what they saw from Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech.
By all accounts, Trevor Lawrence was very impressive at his Pro Day on Friday, showing off a wide array of quarterback skills in front of NFL scouts. But it turns out it wasn’t just what he did on the field that impressed evaluators.
Lawrence made an impression even at the end of the workout, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. When those who attended were leaving, Lawrence fist-bumped every NFL evaluator he saw, and even thanked them for coming. The scouts “took note of” this, according to Breer.
A Clemson staffer indicated that he wasn’t surprised by that, telling Breer that Lawrence “just gets it.”
Obviously, NFL scouts are looking for more than this. That said, the combination of talent and temperament is a rare thing, and it’s what all teams covet in quarterbacks. Lawrence was already great on the field Friday, and it seems he left a great impression off it, too. It’s easy to see why he’s almost certain to go first overall in the NFL Draft.