Before the season, Urban Meyer ranked Trevor Lawrence ahead of Justin Fields

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Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer appears poised to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and that has raised a question: With Meyer at the helm, would the Jaguars surprise everyone by passing on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and go with Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields instead?

That remains to be seen, but Meyer has previously stated he considers Lawrence a better quarterback than Fields. Prior to this college football season, Meyer was working for FOX Sports, and when asked to rank the best quarterbacks in college football, Meyer put Lawrence first and Fields second.

“I had Fields and Trevor right next to each other,” Meyer said. “I put Trevor Lawrence for one reason, he played one more year. That was it. The one thing I’ll say about Justin Fields, because I’m very close to the situation, any concerns about him being a throwing quarterback are gone now. He’s developed, he’s outstanding. I hear the guys talk. I talk to Coach [Ryan] Day, and obviously the quarterback coach I’m very close to. Comparisons to Dwayne Haskins are everywhere now as far as throwing the football, which — that’s an elite thrower.”

The comparison of Fields to Haskins — which Meyer meant as a compliment — has not aged well. Meyer made clear he considered it a very close call, but he felt that Lawrence’s additional experience gave him an edge. Lawrence still has more experience than Fields; Fields started 22 games at Ohio State and Lawrence started 36 games at Clemson.

The Jaguars still have three months to decide what to do with the first overall pick. But Lawrence is the favorite.

36 responses to “Before the season, Urban Meyer ranked Trevor Lawrence ahead of Justin Fields

  1. Fields isn’t a first round prospect. He made the jump off his Clemson win but his mechanics are garbage, his arm is average, his accuracy is horrible and he doesn’t make NFL throws consistently. His legs are his biggest threat but that doesn’t work well over the long hall in the NFL. He will be a bust and I hope he goes in the top 5 just to help my team get more legitimate options when they draft.

  2. I think the idea that he would take Fields because he recruited him is a little overly simplistic. First off, he has a couple years of tape to show who’s better now. Second, who knows if he recruited Lawrence over Fields and just didn’t get him?

  3. An elite thrower, just like all those other OSU quarterbacks who were great in the NFL. (And no, you don’t get to count Joe Burrow). Dwayne Haskins, Cardale Jones, Terrelle Pryor, Troy Smith, Craig Krenzel, Bobby Hoying. The OSU QB with the best NFL career is probably Tom Tupa – as a punter!

  4. Trevor Lawrence should use the John Elway anti-Irsay Colts strategy & tell the Jaguars he does not want to play in London.

  5. I swear if he doesn’t pick Lawrence and the Jets jet into getting a generational talent ima lose my mind.

  6. Well if nothing else signing Meyer will finally put Jacksonville back in the “now we can remotely give a damn” conversation.

  7. Lawrence looks like the better thrower. But Fields seems to be more of a winner. I don’t know who you pick there.

  8. Fields never even played for Urban so the idea that Urban is somehow heavily invested in him seems to be a fiction. Maybe if he was considered absolutely the equal to Lawrence Urban’s inside connections could be the difference but nobody believes Fields is NFL-ready right now. Not accurate enough, mechanics need work, etc. I’m still not as high on Lawrence as some people are but he’s far and away more prepared for the NFL than Fields is.

  9. The skill sets required to succeed as a QB in college compared to pro are almost like playing two completely different sports. I don’t expect Urban Meyer or anyone else to give their hand away when discussing their draft plans. Trevor Lawrence is a guy that comes along once every 20 years. There’s not much decision making required, but don’t expect too much honesty. urban Meyer might be new to the NFL, but he wasn’t born yesterday. Even if he wanted Fields instead, he’d get a King’s ransom for the number one pick.

  10. cheeseburger says:
    Trevor Lawrence should use the John Elway anti-Irsay Colts strategy & tell the Jaguars he does not want to play in London.
    ==

    Is there any possibility that can Trevor Lawrence can play professional baseball? Basketball? Hockey? If not, he doesn’t have a fraction of the leverage John Elway had. He’ll play where the Jags tell him to play — and like it!

  11. Sure but Fields is probably better suited to run that RPO where the QB carries the ball fifty times a game.

    Hiring Meyers is just about the dumbest thing they could possibly do. I’ll say it again, this is nothing more than Khan trying to appeal to the UF fan-base in the hopes of them buying tickets. This has nothing to do with trying to win because anyone who thinks he can win in the NFL is nuts. No concern for health reasons? Just wait until they lose their first ten games of the season. Then he’ll cite health reasons and retire.

  12. Lawrence is better, no doubt. Fields had one great game this year, vs. Clemson, not much else. Yes early in the year until Indiana he was very good but what I don’t like is his long delivery. It looks like he winds up to throw and you just can’t do that in the NFL.

  13. Regarding his Haskins comp, are we still confusing comparisons of throwing ability (which is simply about velocity, ball placement, and tough/arc on deep passes) with overall passing comparisons? There are many QBs who had great arms who were lacking in other (sometimes more important) areas, just as some guys with less-than-ideal arms thrive because of their strengths in those other categories. Instead, we’re doing the clickbait thing, just like when Jerry Jones was unfairly roasted for praised Brandon Weeden’s arm (note that Weeden DID indeed have a terrific arm but was very flawed at reading the field). Great!

  14. Not impressed by either, Lawrence played mainly against subpar talent in the ACC, he’s good, but I believe he’s been hyped way too much.

  15. what is meyer gets the Jags job and goes after haskins and trades the 1st pick for multiple first round draft picks. He is on record as saying haskins is the best QB he ever coached.

  16. The Jaguars, for whatever reason, have always been in the “Which of these does not belong?” category of the NFL. The expansion team the NFL simply didn’t need, but added anyways.

  17. Not sure Meyer is the guy I want picking my QB anyway. Isn’t he the guy who started Dwayne Haskins over Joe Burrow?

  18. Lawrence is still a better risk than Fields. Fields doesn’t have the touch that Lawrence has. They aren’t that far apart, but Fields will need more time to develop. That’s just my opinion though.

  19. You’re all wrong. The Jags aren’t going to draft Lawrence, Fields, Wilson or any other QB. Meyer’s contract requires The Jags to sign Tim Tebow to a long term deal. Tebow is the new Jags QB…..HAHA

  20. It’s not even close. Lawrence has been a phenomenal QB for years, right out of HS he was better than most college QBs. Have to look at the body of work, not just a season.

  21. Why is this even a story? Literally anyone who knows anything about college football knows TL is a way better prospect than Fields. No one can predict the future so who knows which will end up with a better NFL career but the fact that Urban ranked Lawrence over Fields is the definition of a non-story.

  22. dregonspengler says:
    January 14, 2021 at 11:13 am
    cheeseburger says:
    Trevor Lawrence should use the John Elway anti-Irsay Colts strategy & tell the Jaguars he does not want to play in London.
    ==

    Is there any possibility that can Trevor Lawrence can play professional baseball? Basketball? Hockey? If not, he doesn’t have a fraction of the leverage John Elway had. He’ll play where the Jags tell him to play — and like it!

    Pretty sure Eli Manning didn’t play baseball either. Forced a trade anyways. Not like it hasn’t happened.

  23. fbwangus8736 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 4:50 pm
    dregonspengler says:
    January 14, 2021 at 11:13 am
    cheeseburger says:
    Trevor Lawrence Is there any possibility that can Trevor Lawrence can play professional baseball? Basketball? Hockey? If not, he doesn’t have a fraction of the leverage John Elway had. He’ll play where the Jags tell him to play — and like it!

    Pretty sure Eli Manning didn’t play baseball either. Forced a trade anyways. Not like it hasn’t happened.should use the John Elway anti-Irsay Colts strategy & tell the Jaguars he does not want to play in London.
    ==
    ++++++
    Lawrence has more leverage than you think. If he doesn’t want to play for the Jags, he can just hold out. Then they’d be forced to trade him. If they didn’t trade him, they’d be forced to sell the team, and I don’t think they want to do that. I mean, if Lawrence made it public that he didn’t want to go there, and they drafted him anyway, and then had nothing to show for it, they’d lose the support of the fans, and the franchise would go into a tail spin. Pretty sure the NFL would keep that from happening.

  24. The only people who would think Meyer is contemplating picking Fields are delusional Jets fans.

  25. “You guys know Urban didn’t coach Fields right?”

    Ah, so Fields has a chance to be successful in the NFL and avoids the Urban Meyer/ big college program curse. All of the QBs he sent to the NFL from the big schools (not Utah) have been complete busts in the NFL

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