From war room to panic room: Trevor Lawrence sent Jaguars to voicemail three times during NFL draft

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Even though Trevor Lawrence was the presumed first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, he still had those in the Jacksonville Jaguars front office on the edge of their seat after he did not pick up his phone while on the clock.

In their YouTube series, "The Hunt," the Jaguars gave a look into their draft war room as they were on the clock for the first overall pick. Even though they were ready to pick Lawrence, general manager Trent Baalke said the league told them they couldn't make the pick right away.

"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," Baalke said.

However that waiting may have confused Lawrence, as when the front office decided to finally call him, he didn't answer the first time. Or the second time. Or the third time.

"We started calling and getting a recording," said owner Shahid Khan. "You're seeing that clock tick away and then let's try it again, get the recording. After about three tries, it's like you're over here nervous."

After the unsuccessful attempts, head coach Urban Meyer used his own phone to call Lawrence, which he answered and told the coach he was anxious.

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Per ESPN's broadcast, there were a little under two minutes left on the clock before it was announced the pick was in. Luckily, for the Jags, they avoided a fiasco like the one that befell the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 when the team "passed" on its first-round selection after not doing anything while on the clock.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trevor Lawrence did not answer Jaguars calls during the NFL draft