NFL legend concerned Urban Meyer won't be able to develop Trevor Lawrence in the NFL
Urban Meyer’s name is associated with plenty of great quarterbacks. The former college head coach has developed players like Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, all of which made it to the NFL in some way or another.
But NFL running back legend Marshall Faulk isn’t impressed by Meyer’s ability to develop quarterbacks. Now that the three-time national championship coach is taking over the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Faulk voiced some serious concerns.
Talking with TMZ Sports, Faulk doesn’t believe Meyer has the ability to develop a player like Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — who will likely end up being the Jaguars’ selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Faulk pointed to Meyer’s college coaching days as reason for concern.
“I’m worried for Trevor Lawrence,” Faulk told TMZ Sports. “I mean, outside of Alex Smith, this man hasn’t developed a quarterback that’s playing in the NFL right now. So you put that together. I’m just telling you, like, I’m going to let you know — I think Urban Meyer’s a great coach — but he’s never developed a quarterback outside of Alex Smith when he was at Utah and he had some really good attempts with, I’m talking, what, four-star, 5-star guys when he was at Ohio State and at Florida. There’s something to that.”
Lawrence has been considered one of the best quarterbacks in college football for the last three seasons. He’s looked like an NFL prospect since his freshman season at Clemson and has all the tools to be successful at the next level.
Could Meyer’s lack of NFL experience and previous issues with quarterback development hurt Lawrence’s growth in the professional ranks, as well as Jacksonville’s ability to become a contender in the AFC?
Clearly, that’s at least one major concern Faulk has about Lawrence being selected by the Jags.