While the Jacksonville Jaguars make a pretty straightforward decision to finish at # 1 overall, we’ve seen experts wonder whether the Jaguars pull the trigger for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence or instead pull him off for Justin Fields (or even Penei) of Ohio should drop Sewell in some cases for any reason).
Well this is new.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who has an extremely unconventional idea of what the Jaguars to do with the number 1, is the latest decision to affect the Jaguars’ franchise change.
“I think he’s really good,” Favre told TMZ Sports that Lawrence should start.
But Favre didn’t stop there. As talented as he finds Lawrence, he suggested that the Jaguars forego the former national champion and choose a broad recipient instead.
“I don’t know if I think Jacksonville doesn’t know if quarterback is their immediate need. Probably a lot of needs they have,” said Favre. “I would take DeVonta Smith.”
There have been some opinions on what the # 1 Jaguars should be doing overall, but the proposal to pick a broad receiver over a potential quarterback with first pick of the draft seems like an incredible stretch, even given Smith’s incredible talent.
This doesn’t take into account Favre’s overall point that the Jaguars’ greatest immediate need isn’t the quarterback. The jaguars were one of the NFL’s worst offenses last season as they had a full carousel of quarterbacks between Gardner Minshew, Mike Glennon and Jake Luton. Neither of these players is really a good passerby, which is the main reason the Jaguars are able to pick Lawrence.
Favre noted that he believes Smith might be a Jerry Rice-type prospect or Randy Moss-type prospect, which is his biggest argument for the Jaguars that Smith are taking over Lawrence.
“I think you go with a guy like that,” Favre told TMZ. “Nothing against Trevor Lawrence, but I think you can find a free agent or a man in the later rounds or mid-rounds in the draft.”
Given that the Jaguars have failed with both a free agent quarterback and a late / middle round quarterback for the past two seasons, Favre’s reasoning is barely grounded. The Quarterback Free Agency class is limited to journeyman and low-tier starters unless Dak Prescott is also kind of a free agent.
The NFL has shown that a rule is true year after year. If you can get a franchise passer-by quarterback, pull the trigger. Taking over Smith over Lawrence would be similar to taking over Leonard Fournette over Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. What is there to win? Smith might be the best receiver in the NFL and still not be the right choice in this case.
The jaguars have never been number 1 in the overall standings either. Is there a real chance they’ll use their very first top pick for a recipient? Even for a Jaguars franchise that has made countless bad decisions in the past, they deserve the benefit of the doubt of not being the first team to pick a # 1 broad recipient since the Jets picked Keyshawn Johnson in 1996 .
“Do you see? [Clemson QB] Trevor [Lawrence]You see They see [Ohio State QB] Justin [Fields]You see They see [BYU QB] Zach [Wilson]. As Shad said, this is a monumental moment for this franchise, “Jaguar head coach Urban Meyer said at his introductory press conference last week. We saw some franchises explode and others fail. I’ve said this many times throughout my career I would say, if the NFL said it’s a quarterback league, I’d say, “Well, college and high school, so is Pop Warner.” It’s a quarterback sport, so whoever takes that snap , we have to be right.
“Who we choose in this quarterback place is going to be one of the most important decisions I’ve made in my life along with the partnership of our owner and our general manager. Those out there, my first study, Because I do I’ve learned a lot, I like to use the term elite. I’m just seeing some elite quarterbacks out there. “
So yes Smith is a fantastic player who will undoubtedly be picked in early April. But no, the Jaguars shouldn’t even toy with the idea of passing Lawrence on for a skill gamer, even one of Smith’s calibers.