The Jacksonville Jaguars select Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The inevitable finally became a reality.
Lawrence was not in person to walk across the stage and hug NFL commissioner Roger Goodell; instead, he was with family and Darius Rucker in Seneca, South Carolina. I will get back to Rucker in a moment.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder, and 2018 national championship-winner was the consensus top prospect in this draft class for the better part of a year, with NFL scouts drooling since he was a backup QB.
But Lawrence was not a backup for most of his life. He will kick off a new era of Jaguars football. He is a prototype player who can make every throw.
Lawrence is only the second player in the recruiting era to be picked No. 1 overall after being ranked as the No. 1 prospect in his high school recruiting class. Lawrence, who hails from Cartersville (Georgia) High School, was the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 when he signed with Dabo Swinney and the Tigers, and he’s the sixth-highest ranked player in the history of the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Lawrence mentored and coached young quarterbacks at Peyton Manning’s Passing Academy at 19 and was embraced well. He threw for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in his three seasons with the Tigers.
Lawrence led Clemson to the national championship as a freshman in 2018 after stepping in as the starter during the season’s fifth game. He finished second in the 2020 Heisman Trophy voting behind Alabama’s DeVonta Smith after throwing for 3,153 yards and 24 touchdowns in 10 games.
Back to Rucker. He is from Charleston, South Carolina; however, he attended the University of South Carolina. Moreover a big Gamecocks fan. He was part of the 60 guests for business.
Rucker is part of the MGC Sports Agency representing Lawrence, helping get their athletes acclimated to money and fame.