The Jacksonville Jaguars want Trevor Lawrence and Dabo Swinney
The Jacksonville Jaguars would be happy to score Trevor Lawrence in this year’s coming NFL Draft, but the franchise has its eye on much more.
The pieces for the Jaguars to pick up the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft were put into motion Monday when it was announced that Jacksonville had waived starting RB Leonard Fournette after just three seasons with the franchise.
Of course, it didn’t take fans and media personalities alike long to see exactly what the Jags were trying to do.
It’s true that the Jaguars really aren’t even hiding the fact that they want Trevor Lawrence and are willing to throw away the 2020 season to ensure they come away with that No. 1 overall pick, but there’s even a report that the Jags are interested in more than just the Clemson QB.
They’d like to bring in Trevor Lawrence and his coach, Dabo Swinney.
Former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum explained on ESPN’s Get Up! why Swinney would be a perfect fit to join Trevor Lawrence down in Jacksonville.
“There’s a lot of speculation that Dabo Swinney, who’s been on the short list of multiple head coaching searches, could be a coach that teams want to talk about,” Tannenbaum said via 247 Sports. “This would be the perfect storm and here’s why. He’s immensely popular in that area of the country and if he can go with Trevor Lawrence right down the road to Jacksonville, with all those picks and cap room, that’s the ideal situation. I know from talking to a number of NFL general managers, they see Dabo in the same mold as Pete Carroll. A high energy guy. Pete Carroll has been a coach in the college and the pros. If Dabo Swinney was going to do it, and that’s a big if, this would be the perfect situation…If Swinney would ever go, this would be the perfect storm to do it with, following this season.”
Trevor Lawrence may have to go to Jacksonville, but Dabo Swinney doesn’t and won’t
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lawrence down in Jacksonville. He finishes his undergraduate degree this December and it’s expected that he’ll declare for the NFL Draft after that. Of course, Lawrence is going to be the No. 1 overall draft pick when it’s all said and done.
So that being said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Clemson QB end up down in Jacksonville as the franchise looks fairly determined to tank for Lawrence and move on from Gardner Minshew.
But Swinney just doesn’t make sense.
People say ‘what else does he have to prove?’ And while it’s true that Dabo Swinney has already accomplished a lot, the NFL- at least in my opinion- just doesn’t fit what he’s looking for in his coaching career.
Swinney is already making more money than many NFL Head Coaches are making per season and he loves the recruiting aspect that comes along with College Football. Perhaps he will end up jumping ship at some point and heading to the NFL- and there’s no doubt he’ll be successful if he chooses to do so- but it doesn’t seem that he’s ready to do that just yet.