Mike Florio believes Jaguars would take Justin Fields at No. 1 overall if they had a mulligan


(Audacy) Here's a pretty spicy take.

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On Pro Football Talk PM on Wednesday, Mike Florio shared his opinion that if the Jacksonville Jaguars knew what they know now, they would use the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft last April on someone other than quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Instead, they would've drafted Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, whom the Bears traded up to No. 11 overall to nab.

"Urban Meyer was at Ohio State. Justin Fields was at Ohio State," Florio said. "I think that the benefit of seeing what Justin Fields can do at the NFL level would have been enough to get Urban Meyer to pivot back to Justin Fields. Having that half of a season of laboratory experimenting to see what Fields is on the verge of becoming, I think that would be enough to get Meyer to say, 'I want my Ohio State guy.' Even though I'm not suggesting that Lawrence is going to be a bust, I think that if he had that crystal ball and knew that Fields wasn't gonna be a bust, he'd have been more comfortable taking Fields."

It should be noted that Florio added the qualifier that it wouldn't be especially good television if he agreed with co-host Myles Simmons, who said he believes the Jaguars would still take Lawrence if given the chance to have a mulligan.

With that said, this didn't appear to be an opinion dished out simply for the sake of being a contrarian. And it's interesting to consider because if there has been any suggestion from the masses that a quarterback other than Lawrence is the top rookie, it's been Mac Jones of the New England Patriots.

While Fields does have four more interceptions (eight) than touchdown passes (four), he has injected life into an otherwise stagnant offense in Chicago. Even if his passing statistics don't jump of the page, he has demonstrated an ability to make game-changing plays with his legs.

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There's also the Ohio State connection that's worth considering, because often college coaches who make the jump to the NFL level tend to acquire players they either coached or coached against at the NCAA level. Meyer actually never coached Fields in college, but his plan to transfer from Georgia to Ohio State was announced shortly before Meyer elected to "retire from coaching."

At the least, it's an interesting discussion to have.

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