According to several reports, Urban Mayor is getting close enough to become the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, so there is little doubt that the former Florida and Ohio State head coaches would want him as their quarterback.
Amid Jacksonville’s job appeal for Meyer is the fact that he has the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which means he has a chance to coach Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Meyer has not disguised his accolades of Lawrence, an elite enough prospect that a Jets fan was upset when he won the first game of the year against the Ram, costing him the top pick.
As ESPN Jeremy Fowler tweeted on Wednesday, “Mayer was long associated with Trevor Lawrence.”
Prior to last year’s College Football Playoff, Meyer called Lawrence “the best quarterback ever in college football.”
And this season, while still working as a FOX Sports college football analyst, Mayer put Lawrence ahead of Ohio State quarterback, Justin Fields.
“I had Fields and Trevor right next to each other,” said Meyer. “I hired Trevor Lawrence for a reason, he played another year. That was it. One thing I would say about Justin Fields, because I am so close to the situation, one of the concerns about him is that now a throw quarterback is gone. He is developed, he is outstanding. I listen to friends. I talk to the coach [Ryan] Day, and obviously the quarterback coach I’m very close to. Compares to [former Ohio State QB] Dwayne Haskins has been everywhere so far as to throw a football, Joe – an elite thrower. “
The mere mention of Haskins raises red flags after being flopped as the number 15 pick in 2019. He lasted less than two years in Washington, cutting him in late December.
Lawrence, meanwhile, finished second in the Hisman Trophy in his final season at Clemson, which was briefly interrupted by the COVID-19 diagnosis. He played 10 games and his season ended with a loss to the Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl, when the Fields actually beat Lawrence.
Now, Mayer may be in a position to choose between the two.