What to know about Jaguars going into Thursday night's NFL Draft

Jaguars have multiple picks in the first round for the second consecutive year

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
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Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer (middle) talks with Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney (right) as quarterback Trevor Lawrence (not pictured) works out during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars are drafting a quarterback for the fourth consecutive year with the expected selection of Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft. 

The Jaguars drafted quarterback Jake Luton with the 206th overall pick in the sixth round last year. In 2019, they selected Gardner Minshew with 178th overall pick in the sixth round. In 2018, Tanner Lee was selected 203rd overall in the sixth round. Since their first draft in 1995, the Jaguars have drafted 10 quarterbacks. Luton and Minshew remain on the roster, but Lee was waived in 2019. There is speculation that Minshew could be traded before training camp opens in July.

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First time having No. 1 overall pick

The Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall pick for the first time in franchise history. They have drafted No. 2 three times, selecting Luke Joeckel (2013), Kevin Hardy (1996), and Tony Boselli (1995).

Of the 85 No. 1 overall picks in NFL history, 43 have been selected to a Pro Bowl and of those 43, twelve have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Jaguars have four picks in the 2021 draft among the top 50 selections.

It will also be the first time the Jaguars will select 45th overall in the second round, 65th in the third, 106th and 130th in the fourth and 145th in the fifth. 

What are the Jaguars' draft selections?

Besides the No. 1 overall pick, the Jaguars also have the 25th (first), 33rd (second), 45th (second), 65th (third), 106th (fourth), 130th (fourth), 145th (fifth), 170th (fifth) and 249th (seventh) selections. The Jaguars did not have a pick in the sixth round.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback C.J. Henderson (23) breaks up a fourth down pass attempt to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter allowing the Jaguars to run out the clock for the victory. The Jaguars came away with the victory with a final score of 20 to 27. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Indianapolis Colts for the season opening game at TIAA Bank Field Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Multiple first-round picks once more

For the second consecutive year, the Jaguars have two first-round picks - No. 1 and No. 25. Last year, the Jaguars selected cornerback CJ Henderson ninth overall and defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson 20th overall.

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Meyer's first NFL Draft

This year’s draft marks the first for Jaguars coach Urban Meyer and the seventh for Trent Baalke as a general manager but first as the Jaguars GM. Baalke has held a top 10 pick twice in his career with both players ultimately earning Pro Bowl honors within their first three seasons in the NFL. 

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Sunshine state connection

The Jaguars have drafted 26 players from a Florida school in their 26- year draft history. In 2020, the Jaguars selected Henderson - the third time in the last six years that the Jaguars have used their first-round pick on a player from the University of Florida.

The Jaguars have drafted more players from the University of Florida than any other college with 12. Southern Cal is next with seven players followed by Florida State with six and Notre Dame and LSU with five.

In the state, the Jaguars have drafted three players from the University of Central Florida, three from the University of Miami, one from Bethune-Cookman and Florida International and none from Florida A&M or the University of South Florida.

Jaguars Tony Boselli during a game in September 1998.

NFL Draft superlatives

First Jaguars player drafted: OT Tony Boselli (1995, No. 2). Most recent Jaguars player drafted: CB/RS Chris Claybrooks (2020, No. 223) Highest Jaguars selection: No. 2; OL Tony Boselli (1995), LB Kevin Hardy (1996), OL Luke Joeckel (2013). Lowest Jaguars selection: No. 253, WR Tiquan Underwood (2009) Tallest Jaguars player drafted: 6-foot-7, five players; most recent: DT John Henderson (2002). Shortest Jaguars player drafted: 5’7, four players; most recent: WR/RS Ace Sanders (2013) Heaviest player drafted: 335 pounds, DT John Henderson. Lightest Jaguars player drafted: 174 pounds; CB Fernando Bryant (1999), CB Scott Starks (2005). Position with most selections: Wide receiver (31).

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