Trevor Lawrence: My mindset has been to go pro, but who knows?

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been talked about as the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft since his freshman year and one key step in making that happen is Lawrence foregoing his remaining eligibility at the ACC school.

Lawrence hasn’t said much to suggest he’s thinking of staying in school and he’s on track to graduate in December. The option to return is still on the table, though, and Lawrence didn’t rule it out on Tuesday.

“My mindset has been that I’m going to move on,” Lawrence said, via Pete Iacobelli of the Associated Press. “But who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”

The Jets have the league’s worst record at 0-7 and their current quarterback Sam Darnold has already fielded questions about the possibility of Lawrence coming to the team.

Lawrence’s comments on Tuesday will have some thinking back to what happened when the 1997 Jets had the first overall pick. Peyton Manning was set to be the top pick if he left Tennessee, but he opted to remain in school another year and went to the Colts with the top pick the next year.

68 responses to “Trevor Lawrence: My mindset has been to go pro, but who knows?

  1. Hold out. Lebron and the NBA players have shown the way. AT the rate the patriots are going they’ll also be in the running for a top pick at QB. Say they’re the only team you’ll consider early and often.

  2. Why on earth would a prospect like Lawrence want to play for the Jets or even the Giants? He just turned 21. Wouldn’t hurt to go back to school one more year. He is a baby..

  3. He will be drafted by the Jets, though he could refuse but wont go back to Clemson.
    Everyone remembers what happened with Matt Barkley …

  4. hawkwind8 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:02 pm
    Poor old Sam….
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    idk, the jets drafting Lawrence could be the best thing for Sam. Head for greener pastures OR lawrence tells the jets he won’t play for them so they trade for more picks so they can actually rebuild with more picks

  5. The Jets would be foolish to spend that #1 on him. Trade the #1 and get that o-line working with some trades. Draft some rookie RBs and WRs. Get one defensive stud.

  6. Can you imagine being Trevor and putting off the 2021 draft for a year only to face the same scenario in 2022?

  7. I hate to remind that if he waits a year it likely cost him 35million and guess what…a good team isn’t suddenly going to end up with the number one pick. Jets, Bengals, Detroit, are still going to suck and pick number one. If he truly doesn’t want to play for Jets, go into draft and simply pull a Eli Manning. Way better options than going back and risking injury or flaws exposed.

  8. It’s a tough one. Certainly, it can hurt to go back for another year as one never knows how injuries, play, or other circumstances can affect one’s career (see Leinart, Matt). Having said that, I expect that we’ll see a lot more of this sort of posturing and positioning on the part of potential draftees. Given what we now know about how organizational circumstances contribute to one’s career (and earning) prospects at the QB position, it only makes sense that draft-ready QBs will want to make sure that they land in positive places. That is particularly true when one considers how the rookie wage scale limits early career earnings. I can’t blame these young men at all if they decide to stay in school or even actively work behind the scenes to ensure that they avoid certain teams.

  9. I remember when Eli Manning said he’d sit out rather than let San Diego draft him. The result was he was drafted by the Chargers, but immediately traded to NY and it worked out well for him.
    Meanwhile San Diego kept Philip Rivers and let Drew Brees walk and have been paying for that ever since. Brees has been an all time QB while Rivers is always a bridesmaid but never a bride.
    If I were Lawrence, I’d really get some solid advice from someone such as Eli Manning before I did anything.

  10. In life they are silver linings in most things, We can have a situation where Trevor Lawrence pulls an Eli Manning and refuse to sign with the jets, in which the jets can still look in the draft for another QB and trade that number one pick( if they get it) for a boatload to either help Sam if they care to commit big money to him or a cost control QB they can take in the Draft.

    The bottom line is if Trevor Lawrence doesn’t come to the jets they are still some flexibility they can play around in putting together this team.the question remains can they do it competently.

  11. Translation: If the Jets have the number one pick, I’m all on board for another year of school.

  12. If the Falcons get the top pick, I’m sure he’d be willing to forego his last year at Clemson to learn under Matt Ryan for a season and play 50 miles from his hometown.

  13. Manning said at the time he wanted to return for the college experience. He never beat Florida in his years at UT.

  14. sdcharger123 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm
    Wait a year to avoid going to the Jets imo.
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    Of course it’s the Jets so there’s no guarantee they won’t have the #1 pick in 2022 as well

  15. what QB has really been wortha no.1 in recent memory,,but yet they take them at no.1..
    when will some team get smart and say we dont have to spend 1/4 of the cap for a QB and we can still win…

  16. back in the day John Elway was drafted by Baltimore, I believe. He told them thanks, but no thanks. He caught a lot of grief but eventually people accepted the decision. Same with Eli. Trevor should pull a John Elway and say “No thank you J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.

  17. lol .. well the Jets probably will be picking first the next 2 or 3 years so the joke is on you Trevor

  18. If Clemson does not win it all AND Jets are first on the board, he ain’t going pro, period. If Clemson does win it all and Jets are first on the board, he ain’t going pro, 60% chance. If Clemson wins it all and Jets are NOT first on the board get ready to sign the check whoever is first. I’m sure if he decides to come out his agent will leak no way he signs with Jets if they are, say, second, and want to trade up to pick him.

  19. I mean, he’d have to pull an Eli and force a trade. Can’t risk going back to school and getting hurt. Got to strike while the iron is hot. Would anyone blame him for refusing the Jets?

  20. Everyone is assuming this kid is gonna be the next great thing, and all I keep saying is slow your roll people

  21. People have been avoiding the Jets for 25 years. If only Sam Darnold had gotten some good advice.

  22. Now it’s all about how does Belichick persuade the Jets to give up the #1 And start their next 20 year QB

  23. Half a Billion (mahomes) or more riding on that long term decision. Ain’t no way in h e double hockey sticks I’m going to NYJ if I’m Lawrence. I’m telling jerrah to trade a Herschel bucket of picks to them to get to dallas. Later dak

  24. LOL. Nobody is going to pass up millions of dollars in guaranteed money and risk injury staying in school. #1 overall draft picks usually end up with teams bad enough to draft first overall. So there is no guarantee the next draft will place him in any better situation.

  25. Or he could play another year in college and blow out his AC and then NEVER be a millionaire. There is always that…

  26. Jets will trade the no. 1 pick to Ryan Pace and the Bears for Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, two 1st rounders, two 2nd rounders, and an autographed Matt Nagy visor.

  27. nyctraffic says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:35 pm
    If the Falcons get the top pick, I’m sure he’d be willing to forego his last year at Clemson to learn under Matt Ryan for a season and play 50 miles from his hometown.
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    Why would he want to trade one dumpster fire for another?

  28. I keep hearing and reading scuttlebutt (And we know how much that is worth) that the Jets will make a run at Dabo Swinney.

  29. stubborndata says:
    October 27, 2020 at 3:05 pm
    Hold out. Lebron and the NBA players have shown the way. AT the rate the patriots are going they’ll also be in the running for a top pick at QB. Say they’re the only team you’ll consider early and often.
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    New England has virtually NO shot at the #1 pick. Right now, they are drafting 11th.

  30. The Jets are one of the worst teams in ages. I think the winless-season Lions and Browns had more reasons to be hopeful than these Jets. The franchise is so far from glory in any direction that it’s a wasteland. It would kill any QB’s career.

    If I’m the Jets, and I know Lawrence doesn’t want to play for me, then I’m opening up for business with the other 32 teams – who wants him, come pay for him. They could completely turn around their roster in 2-3 seasons with the draft haul they could get for Lawrence.

  31. If he’s trying to duck the Jets, all they have to do is keep Gase another year and they could get the top pick two years in a row…

  32. He’d be crazy to play for the jets, the bengals were awful before burrow but at least they had some weapons/upside appeal to them & looks like will be a pretty decent team in the near future now. You could put Brady or Rodgers in their prime on the jets & things would still be bleak

  33. stubborndata says:

    October 27, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Hold out. Lebron and the NBA players have shown the way. AT the rate the patriots are going they’ll also be in the running for a top pick at QB. Say they’re the only team you’ll consider early and often.

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    Except LeBron has never held out and more NFL players have threatened hold outs before the draft as opposed to NBA players but hey dont let facts get in the way of you not liking the NBA.

  34. Lawrence doesn’t want to be QB of the NYJ.

    Maybe he could just not that down like another guy we know who made a right decision like that 20 years ago.

  35. Lawrence should just make a no-fly list and have his agent distribute to the NFL teams. The Jets. Washington. Dallas. Jacksonville. Those are teams that have owners who make it impossible to win. Winning isn’t even a priority. Incompetence should not be rewarded with the #1 pick in the draft. Sam Darnold could be a great QB if he was on a decent team. You have no chance if you get drafted by the Jets.

  36. Please…do NOT go to the Jets (until Eric Bienemy or however you spell it becomes the HC)!–signed, the sister of a long-time Jets fan…

    but if they do, then maybe Sam Darnold (who definitely deserves better) will get traded to a decent team and become the next Tannehill.

  37. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 27, 2020 at 4:29 pm
    LOL. Nobody is going to pass up millions of dollars in guaranteed money and risk injury staying in school. #1 overall draft picks usually end up with teams bad enough to draft first overall. So there is no guarantee the next draft will place him in any better situation

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    Yes it can.

    It’s not just the abysmal performance on the field, it’s everything else with it.

    As a lifelong Jets fan in sheep’s clothing, you know that better than anyone.

    The historically dysfunctional Jets organization is the problem. Everyone that goes there gets sucked into that vortex of ineptitude.

  38. Houston is in the tank to get him. They need to unload that mistake of signing Watson, who clearly isn’t good without a WR.

  39. If I’m Johnson of the Jets, there’s no way I’m letting Lawrence not play for me as long as he enters the draft.

    What I do is this…

    Have my agent contact his (once he gets one). Give that agent a short list of potential HC replacements for Gase. Ask Lawrence if these are acceptable and then ask him to add a few more names. Then hire the new HC with Lawrence’s blessing. Also add some high-priced free agent WRs or OT/OGs.

    It’s unconventional, but you need to do something to make sure he doesn’t pull an Eli/Elway. You actually need to do a little “recruiting” here.

  40. Jets get first pick – All eligible players protest the draft and refuse to participate.

  41. It will depend on who the next JETs HC is, assuming they end up with the number 1 pick.

    They look like they will, they look historically bad, but Football is a funny Sport sometimes and it is 2020.

    I would advise him to avoid the JETs entirely, regardless of who the HC is.

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