NY Jets: Trevor Lawrence expected to enter the 2021 NFL Draft

NY Jets, Trevor Lawrence Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
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The NY Jets got some good news on Sunday with the latest report about Trevor Lawrence.

The NY Jets may have fallen to 0-8 following another sluggish performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8, but they received some good news in the form of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Otherwise known as the light at the end of the tunnel.

Just prior to Sunday’s kickoff, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that multiple NFL executives fully expect Lawrence to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft despite comments that he’s made in recent weeks.

Lawrence sparked some discussions that he could forgo the draft when he said on Tuesday that he “hasn’t ruled out” returning to Clemson for his senior season.

Of course, this was prior to his COVID-19 diagnosis and the announcement that he would miss at least the team’s next two games. It’s unclear if that will affect his decision making.

Regardless, it seems as though executives from around the league expect Lawrence to turn pro at the conclusion of his junior season.

One source was quoted saying “I’d be shocked if he went back [to Clemson]” while another used a fun analogy to describe Lawrence’s chances of returning to college stating “you have a better chance of winning the Boston Marathon than he does of going back to school.”

Even his head coach, Dabo Swinney, said last week that he would “be surprised” if Lawrence returned to Clemson in 2021. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

Lawrence has already done it all at Clemson having won a National Championship and multiple conference titles. He’s considered the consensus No. 1 pick and best player in college football.

There would essentially be no reason for him to return to college.

The NY Jets would certainly benefit from Trevor Lawrence declaring.

That’s good news for a Jets team that appears destined to land the top pick in next year’s draft. Their only real competition for the pick appears to be the Jacksonville Jaguars and maybe the New York Giants, but the Jets definitely have the inside track.

And if that’s the case, don’t expect them to pass on a player widely viewed as a generational quarterback prospect.

Lawrence isn’t just some flash in the pan. He’s been viewed in this light ever since his freshman season and every game he’s played since then has further confirmed the notion that he’s one of the best quarterback prospects in decades.

The Jets, and any team for that matter, would be foolish to pass on him with the first pick. And barring any unforeseen developments, they won’t.

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As long as Lawrence declares, expect him to be the No. 1 overall pick this April. And in all likelihood, that could mean a new home in Florham Park.