Trevor Lawrence watch: Jaguars lock up top NFL Draft pick after Jets stun Browns
The Jacksonville Jaguars clinched the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — expected to be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — thanks to the New York Jets pulling off a second straight upset.
The Jaguars lost 41-17 to the Chicago Bears in their last game of the season at TIAA Bank Field to fall to 1-14 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Jets stunned the Cleveland Browns (10-5) with a 23-16 victory, winning their second straight game after starting 0-13. The Jets won both games against teams fighting for the playoffs; they beat the Los Angeles Rams (9-5) on the road last week.
The Jets made it interesting, though. After going up 20-3 midway through the third quarter, Cleveland got rushing touchdowns from Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to make it 20-16 early in the fourth.
Baker Mayfield fumbled at the Browns' 7-yard line, but the Jets could turn the takeaway into just a field goal.
But with a seven-point lead and less than 3 minutes left, Sam Ficken put the kickoff out of bounds to give the Browns great field position. The Browns capitalized quickly, moving down to the Jets' 16-yard line with 1:31 left in the game.
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Mayfield ran a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1, but while trying to spin free, Hunt hit him from behind and popped the ball loose. Because of the fumble, the Browns could not advance the ball, giving it back to the Jets.
The Browns were without their top four wide receivers, including Jarvis Landry and Rishard Higgins, because of COVID contact tracing.
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The Jaguars radio team cheered during the postgame show after the Jets game was final. They weren't the only ones excited about the prospect of Trevor Lawrence coming to Jacksonville.
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Sports personalities and insiders offered their congratulations, as well.
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