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There’s a reason the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t immediately select quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick during the opening minutes of the 2021 NFL Draft.
In newly released footage of the Jaguars’ war room, Jacksonville brass shared that once they were ready to make 21-year-old Lawrence the first overall pick, they encountered difficulty contacting him.
“When the league called, they said you have to wait seven minutes to turn in the card, so we didn’t pick up the phone to call him. We just sat there, and he’s sitting on his end wondering why we haven’t called him,” general manager Trent Baalke said.
When the clock did strike midnight for the Jaguars, however, their call was directed to Lawrence’s voicemail box.
“We were passed like six minutes when we’re ready to turn it in and then there was the setup,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan recalled.
“We started calling and getting a recording, and there you’re seeing the clock tick away and then, ‘Let’s try it again.’ And we got the same recording. So, after about three tries, you’re getting nervous.”
Rookie head coach Urban Meyer then decided to take matters into his own hands, calling an “anxious” Lawrence at home, where he was joined by his new wife, Marissa Mowry, and loved ones.
Once the Jaguars made their selection official, Lawrence and Mowry — who had tied the knot weeks prior — posed for a photo with the quarterback’s new uniform.
“Officially JAGS!!! So excited to be in the sunshine state,” Mowry posted to Instagram at the time. “Just so thankful!!”
Lawrence, who played college football at Clemson University, got a new teammate this week, former quarterback-turned-tight end, Tim Tebow.
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