The NY Jets aren’t any closer to drafting Trevor Lawrence after the Urban Meyer hire.
The NY Jets are going to have a difficult decision to make this offseason regarding the quarterback position. But the recent news surrounding Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars doesn’t change a thing.
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Jaguars are finalizing a deal to acquire the three-time National Champion and college football icon. The hire is one of the most high-profile in recent memory and Meyer will surely generate his fair share of headlines while in Jacksonville.
And one rumor that’s already been spreading since the reports emerged of the Jaguars’ interest in Meyer is the theory that the Ohio State legend could pass on drafting Trevor Lawrence in favor of a fellow OSU product in Justin Fields.
However, calling that a rumor almost seems insulting to actual rumors. Let’s just get this out of the way first.
The Jaguars aren’t passing on Trevor Lawrence. Urban Meyer isn’t going to pass on one of the best quarterback prospects in NFL history for an appealing, but far less proven Justin Fields.
It’s just not going to happen. That doesn’t mean you won’t hear about it from individuals looking to stir the pot. After all, controversy generates clicks and it’s no fun if everyone unanimously agrees who the No. 1 pick is going into the draft.
But before the inevitable hundreds of articles come out about the Jaguars possibly passing on Lawrence (it’s probably already too late for that), just know one thing. It isn’t going to happen.
What is the logic behind the NY Jets possibly lucking into Trevor Lawrence?
Of course, there is some logic behind the speculation. This notion hasn’t been born out of sheer boredom — at least not entirely.
Meyer spent seven years at Ohio State from 2012 to 2018 winning three Big Ten titles and a national championship. And perhaps more importantly, he is the person who helped recruit Fields to come to Columbus after he decided to transfer from Georgia.
Now, Meyer never actually coached Fields at Ohio State as the Ohio native retired shortly following the 2018 season citing health concerns. But there is some history to speak of between the two.
Is that history enough to convince Meyer to pass on a truly generational prospect? No. Absolutely not.
Part of the reason that Meyer felt comfortable coming out of retirement to take the Jaguars’ job was the appeal of that No. 1 overall pick. More specifically, the appeal of Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence might as well already be a member of the Jaguars seeing as though he’ll be their primary recruiting tool this offseason. Prospective free agents will be enamored with the idea of playing with a larger-than-life prospect such as Lawrence.
And the same was true for Meyer.
It was going to take a near-perfect job for Meyer to return to the coaching world given his health. The Jaguars presented him with that opportunity. Not only because of their cap space and draft capital, but because of Trevor Lawrence.
The Jets are no closer to landing Lawrence than they were the day they sealed their fate with a victory over the Cleveland Browns. That’s fine — Lawrence isn’t going to make or break the Jets’ future.
But for those still holding out for a miracle, you’re better off sending those prayers elsewhere. The Jets aren’t drafting Trevor Lawrence.