NFL teams would be mad to pass on generational talent Trevor Lawrence in next draft
NFL clubs are keeping close watch on Trevor Lawrence ahead of the next college draft (Image: Getty Images)
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When American college football’s National Championship takes place in the early hours of tomorrow morning, it will do so without the sport’s biggest star – Trevor Lawrence.
You might not recognise his name now, but Trevor Lawrence is a sensation over in America and has been for the past two years.
The Clemson Tigers quarterback is the brightest prospect to come from the college ranks in a generation, with experts comparing his NFL potential to greats such as John Elway of Peyton Manning.
Even before last year’s draft, Lawrence was locked in to be the number one pick in 2021.
Some fans even started the 2020 season hoping their respective teams would “Tank for Trevor” – meaning they hoped to finish last in this year’s rankings to have the first selection in the upcoming draft, thus guarantee his services.
Trevor Lawrence is a generational talent destined for the NFL big time
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However, following Clemson’s loss in the Sugar Bowl (college football’s equivalent to a semi-final) to the Ohio State Buckeyes, some have called for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the first pick in this year’s draft, to pass up the opportunity to take Lawrence and instead draft the quarterback who got the better of him that day – Justin Fields.
Even Jacksonville favourite and presenter on Channel 5’s Monday Night Football coverage, Maurice Jones-Drew tweeted that he was now questioning the selection of Lawrence.
Fields played exceptionally well and was slated to be drafted in the top 12 picks prior to the game
However, if he is on the winning side against an exceptional Alabama team in the National Championship, the calls for him to be drafted first will grow even louder.
Ohio State Buckeyes' Justin Fields got the better of Lawrence in the Sugar Bowl
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I would never pretend to know more about American football than my friend MJD, but I believe he has it wrong if he thinks the Jags should pass on Lawrence.
Lawrence had only lost once before in 35 games and that was in last year’s College Championship Game to Joe Burrow’s now infamous LSU team – a team that went onto have a record 14 players drafted into the NFL this season.
His individual stats are mindboggling, the most stand out being that he has thrown 90 touchdown passes! He should be considered the best college quarterback ever.
This situation reminds me of the 2012 draft. Missing out on Lawrence would be like missing out on Andrew Luck.
Trevor Lawrence (16) runs with the ball as Tyreke Smith (11) chases
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Everyone expected Luck to come into the NFL and be a generational talent and so it transpired.
But in 2012 there was another quarterback in the mix to be selected first, the more mobile and exciting Robert Griffin III.
Griffin was ultimately drafted second that year and whilst both experienced early success, there is no doubt Luck turned out to be the better pick.
Fields may have flashed in that one game, but if I were the Jaguars, I wouldn’t be looking the Trevor Lawrence gift-horse in the mouth!