Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, as he had a legendary career with the Green Bay Packers. However, his takes since retiring from football haven’t been nearly as legendary. In fact, Favre recently gave a bizarre take about Trevor Lawrence and the 2021 NFL draft, and ultimately proved why he should probably never join a team’s front office.
Brett Favre should know a thing or two about talented quarterbacks
Brett Favre certainly isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his hot takes. He ultimately earned HOF honors because of his legendary playing career.
Favre eventually became one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. After earning two Pro Bowl selections in his first two years as the starter, Favre led the Packers to three straight conference championship games from 1995 through 1997, two consecutive Super Bowl appearances in 1996 and 1997, and one Super Bowl title in 1996.
For his career, Favre — who also started for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings — ended up earning 11 Pro Bowl selections, three MVP awards, and he earned First-Team All-Pro honors three times. He also threw for 71,838 passing yards and 508 passing touchdowns, which are both fourth all-time.
So, you would think that Favre would appreciate some stellar quarterback play. That might not be the case, though.
Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick
Trevor Lawrence had an incredible career with the Clemson Tigers.
In his first season in 2018, Lawrence threw for 3,280 yards, 30 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also led the Clemson Tigers to a national championship, as they defeated Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinals and then Alabama in the title game.
Lawrence then had another great season in 2019, throwing for 3,665 yards, 36 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He also led Clemson to another national championship game appearance, but they lost to LSU in the championship.
The 2020 season was then potentially his best year statistically. Lawrence only played in 10 games in 2020 due to COVID-19 — compared to 15 games in each of the previous two years — but he threw for 3,153 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. He, of course, led the Tigers to yet another College Football Playoff appearance in 2020, too, but they lost in the semifinals to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Ever since Lawrence’s freshman season, experts have said that he is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. This has led to many people believing that the Jacksonville Jaguars should select him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.
Favre doesn’t think so, though.
Brett Favre doesn’t think Trevor Lawrence should be the No. 1 pick
Favre recently spoke with TMZ sports. While he said that Lawrence is really good, he doesn’t know if he should be the No. 1 pick.
“I don’t know if Jacksonville, in my opinion, I don’t know if quarterback is their immediate need,” Favre said of the Jaguars, who went 1-15 in 2020. “… I would take DeVonta [Smith].”
DeVonta Smith won the Heisman Trophy this past season with the Alabama Crimson Tide. He caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns.
“Teams know that he’s going to get the ball, and he dominates,” Favre said. “I think you go with a guy like that. Nothing against Trevor Lawrence. I think you can find a free-agent guy or a guy in the latter rounds or mid-rounds in the draft. You just don’t find a guy [like Smith]. This guy can be a Jerry Rice, different, but a Randy Moss — a total game-changer. A different style of player, but [he’s] just an incredible player.”
Favre did say that Lawrence is worthy of the No. 1 pick; it just appears that he would rather have a guy like Smith.
With all due respect to Favre, though, and even to Smith, quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence don’t come around every year, or even every five years. The same can be said about Smith at receiver, but quarterbacks can change an entire franchise. The Jaguars can go from 1-15 to a playoff contender just because of Lawrence. Smith can’t make that kind of an impact at his position.
Brett Favre is a legend. His NFL draft takes, though, probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously.