League sources told ESPN that the Jacksonville Jaguars could take another step to take the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in 2021 against the Chicago Bears, and the general manager and potential head-coaching candidate are telling ESPN.
Since the New York Jets’ upset victory last weekend in Los Angeles, slamming the Jaguars into the slot for the No. 1 pick, Jacksonville’s GM and head-coaching job became a lot more lucrative for candidates who have missed an opportunity. Spoken for This projected top draft would be to work with Trevor Lawrence.
The Jaguars would have an advantage over another team by hiring a general manager or head coach if they landed at the No. 1 pick, which – combined with their reserves of 2021 draft selections – would give those jobs as any other possible opening. Will make it attractive. In the league.
Jaguar is scheduled to have 11 picks in the next April draft, including Xalis Ramsey, Yannick Ngakoue and Ronnie Harrison in extra trades. The Jaguars will have $ 100 million in salary cap space as well as a time when many other teams will have to make cuts to bring players under the low cap.
The Jaguars (1-13) own the tiebreaker with the Jets (1-13) for the top pick based on schedule. Jacksonville could take the No. 1 pick early Sunday if they lose in Chicago and if the Jets make another upset against the Cleveland Browns. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Jaguars have a 74.2% chance of landing the top pick, with the Jets at 25.6% and the Bengals at 0.2%.
The Jaguars have been searching for a new GM since he shot Dave Caldwell last month. Former Texas GM Rick Smith and ESPN Monday Night football analyst Louis Riddick both interviewed with Jacksonville last week.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, who has one season remaining on his contract later this year, said last week that Jacksonville would try to win its final two games – even if it didn’t mean an opportunity to draft Lawrence. Jacksonville is 12–34 under the Maron since the start of the 2018 season.
The Jaguars have lost 13 consecutive games, breaking a franchise record, and yet there is a real movement in town for them to extend the losing skid and draft Lawrence, the star quarterback at Clemson. Even Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry made a tweet last Sunday night, the second of which read: “The season of thirty and Santa smiled at Jackson today.”
Michael DiRocco of ESPN contributed to this report.