Jaguars’ Urban Meyer reveals selection of players who ‘broke our hearts’ in 2021 NFL Draft
Urban Meyer felt the heartache over the NFL Draft weekend.
The Jaguars selected Clemson running back Travis Etienne as 25th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, resulting in scratches and questions about Etienne’s exact role in the offense.
Urban says he sees J-Rob, Carlos Hyde as the 1-2 punch, Etienne as a third fullback.
“We want to be in the top 8 in the league … and with James Robinson, Hyde and Etienne we think we are there” #Jaguars
– Mia O’Brien (@MiaOBrienTV) April 30, 2021
Turns out, Etienne may not have been Jacksonville’s No.1 target. Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer had a player specifically targeted for the No.25 pick, Florida wide Kadarius Toney, who had won five spots earlier at the Giants at No.20.
In fact, Meyer said the fact that Toney was caught left a mark on the franchise, saying it “broke our hearts” that he wasn’t available.
Urban Meyer said on ESPN Draft on Thursday that a player was taken before his selection at 25, which “broke our hearts” that we couldn’t choose.
Today he revealed that the player is new Giants WR Kadarius Toney. Such a dynamic player.
– Yates field (@FieldYates) May 1, 2021
Toney was one of the top-ranked receivers in the 2021 draft, with his speed and agility as bright spots among the receivers selected this year. It is added to an expansive reception hall which includes Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
“You watch him play, he’s a human reel,” Meyer said, via USA Today.
There was little doubt as to who the Jags would take the top spot in the overall standings – it turned out to be Trevor Lawrence – and reuniting him with his running mate while with Clemson should offer some relief as he moves on to the pros.
Still, Meyer will wonder what could have been.