(EDITOR’S NOTE: To access the Sam Kouvaris interview log on to the following attachment: Ep 37: Tony Boselli, Urban Meyer, Trevor Lawrence, and the Jags with Sam Kouvaris | Spreaker)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick in next month’s NFL draft, and common sense says they sit where they are and take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Well, except new Jags’ coach Urban Meyer coached at Ohio State, the Buckeyes’ Justin Fields could be a Top-5 draft pick and the Jags have a raft of needs. So what are the chances that Jacksonville is tempted to trade out of the top spot in the 2021 NFL draft for a passel of picks to grab a quarterback later?
“None,” said Jacksonville’s Hall-of-Fame voter Sam Kouvaris on the latest “Eye Test for Two” podcast. “And here’s why: If you take Trevor Lawrence, and he’s a bust … well, you took him. It’s not like people would say, ‘Well, you should’ve taken Justin Fields.’ Nobody’s going to stay that. Everybody knows you should take Trevor Lawrence.
“But if you take Justin Fields or one of the other quarterbacks that’s being touted somewhere, you trade down and you get some more picks, what if Trevor Lawrence becomes a superstar … which everybody expects? Well, then you just look stupid.”
It wouldn’t be the first time for Jacksonville. The Bucs were a league-worst 1-15 last season to finish last in their division for the third straight season. Afterward, they fired coach Doug Marrone, replaced him with Meyer and raised ticket prices for the coming season by 7.2 percent.
For a team that won 12 games in three seasons.
It’s also a team that’s a turnstile for quarterbacks, with the Jags starting 12 different ones dating back to 2010 – or an average of 1.2 every year. That’s the sign of a franchise that either doesn’t know how to draft quarterbacks or how to coach them. Or both. All I know is that Blake Bortles and Blaine Gabbert are included in that list, and Jacksonville made both Top-10 draft picks.
So the Jags must try, try again, only this time with a quarterback touted as a “can’t-miss” prospect … which is why Kouvarishas a simple suggestion when it comes to Trevor Lawrence.
“Don’t overthink it,” he said. “Take the guy, and think about your second pick. Trevor Lawrence is a generational kind of talent.
“There are certain players that fit in certain places. Terry Bradshaw fit in Pittsburgh because of the kinda attitude that he had. Peyton Manning fit with Bill Polian and company in Indianapolis. Derrick Brooks fit down in Tampa with Tony Dungy. I think Trevor Lawrence fits in Jacksonville, and I think he’ll embrace it. And I know the fans here can’t even wait for him to get to town.”