Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers have continued their streak of normalcy, even in the odd year known as 2020.
Lawrence, Clemson’s all-world quarterback, is playing at a high level and is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in next spring’s NFL draft. Clemson has already positioned itself to win the ACC once again and, possibly, win yet another national championship.
At this time next year, Lawrence could be wearing a New York Jets uniform instead of Clemson’s orange and white. NBC’s Cris Collinsworth not only explained why the Jets should draft Lawrence but bestowed Clemson’s star signal-caller with the ultimate compliment.
Trevor Lawrence is playing great, as expected
This has been a strange year, and there is still plenty of time left. Not even a global pandemic or restructured college football season has stopped Trevor Lawrence, though.
Lawrence completed 70.7% of his passes for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns, and two interceptions in his first six games this year. Although Lawrence is only averaging 2.4 yards per carry, he’s already scored nine rushing touchdowns.
Lawrence has completed 66.5% of his passes for 8,778 yards, 83 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions for his career.
Clemson won its first six games and currently holds the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll.
Cris Collinsworth just gave Lawrence an ultimate compliment
If all goes to plan, Trevor Lawrence will be the first quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL draft.
At this point, Lawrence will be the first player taken off the board, period. Lawrence is considered the consensus No. 1 overall pick by draft analysts, and if the season ended today and the draft happened tomorrow, the New York Jets would have that top pick.
Some draft analysts and NFL reporters have speculated or suggested that the Jets trade the No. 1 overall pick. New York has third-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who has flashed at times but has also looked lost this season under head coach Adam Gase.
In an interview with NBC’s Peter King, former NFL receiver Cris Collinsworth — who also works for NBC — outlined his ideal offseason plan for the Jets. First, Collinsworth would hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy to replace Gase as the head coach.
Then, Collinsworth would draft Lawrence — and he didn’t hold back in explaining why.
“Trevor Lawrence is the same kind of player that Patrick Mahomes is. He can move. He’s creative. He’s been good for a long, consistent period of time. And then I’m going out and I’m finding all the [tight end Travis] Kelces and [running back Clyde] Edwards-Helaires I can find. I’m just re-doing Kansas City.”
Kansas City drafted Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in 2017. At the time, the Chiefs already had Alex Smith, who started for the bulk of 2017 and spent that year mentoring Mahomes, his backup.
Kansas City traded Smith to the then-Washington Redskins in 2018.
Will the Jets draft Trevor Lawrence next year?
The quarterback carousel always has some surprises, but certain teams look primed to make a move and acquire a young signal-caller.
The same goes for Daniel Jones and the New York Giants. Could either of those teams place their long-term future in Trevor Lawrence?
Atlanta has Matt Ryan under contract through 2023, but Lawrence would join whoever the Falcons hire to replace Dan Quinn, who lost his job earlier this season.
Cris Collinsworth has spoken about what the New York Jets should do next offseason. Teams would be wise to consider Collinsworth’s insight.