Trevor Lawrence No Longer Certain To Declare For 2021 Draft

The most coveted quarterback prospect since at least Andrew Luck, Trevor Lawrence may be having second thoughts about leaving school early and becoming the 2021 No. 1 overall pick. At least, he wants to now keep his options open.

Lawrence said before the start of his junior season he would leave Clemson after the 2020 slate and enter the 2021 draft. Now? That is not a certainty.

My mindset has been that I’m going to move on, but who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen,” Lawrence said Tuesday during his media session. “… We’ll just have to see how things unfold. There’s a lot of factors in that. But honestly, just really playing this year. Putting everything I have into it. Not really focusing on next year whether I leave or stay. Obviously, I have the option to do either one.”

This will be interpreted as the 6-foot-6 quarterback feeling uneasy about the prospect of playing for the Jets, who are 0-7. The Jets drafted Sam Darnold third overall in 2018 and have seen him regress this season. The franchise did not get it right with Mark Sanchez at No. 5 overall in 2009 either. And a return to school after being expected to declare and go No. 1 to the Jets would not be unprecedented. Peyton Manning returned to Tennessee in 1997, when the Jets held the No. 1 pick. They then traded down and did not draft a first-round quarterback until Chad Pennington in 2000.

However, there are six one-win teams — the Giants, Falcons, Vikings, Jaguars, Texans and Bengals — who have also emerged in the early portion of the #TankforTrevor pursuit. Of those, only the Bengals and Texans boast QB situations that would point to them trading the pick. While the Lawrence race is far from over, it certainly is notable the quarterback has backtracked from being a surefire entrant in the 2021 draft.

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45 comments on “Trevor Lawrence No Longer Certain To Declare For 2021 Draft

    • Michael A Stabile

      You can thank that Jet hater Peyton Manning for this. That cry baby is still mad at them because the Jets ruined the Colts perfect season .They were undefeated and then coach Caldwell took Manning out of the game with the lead. The Jets came back and won. Manning had been texting Lawrence about staying in school .That cry baby needs to grow up and stay out of the Jets business. He is the idiot that recommended Gase to the Jets.

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        Doesn’t matter who recommended Gase to the Jets. Whoever hired him is the idiot.

    • mcmillankmm

      But the Dolphins have Tua…which they probably should have mentioned as well

      • kevin

        yea I’d still grab the guy cuz at very least ud end up with two qbs and If one fails out (aka RG3) u’ll have a secondary qb ready to go.

  1. afsooner02

    He’s not staying at Clemson another year, don’t care what he says.

  2. letmeclearmythroat74

    It doesn’t matter who you go to. Regardless of who you play for, the money sets you up for life. Even if it’s 1 contract. Ask Joe Burrow , he will certainly agree

    • jorge78

      The first contract somewhat, yes but incompetent
      leadership ruining
      your career and
      costing you
      $100 million plus?
      Something to think
      about. Not every
      quarterback gets a
      second chance like

  3. Yep it is

    No way if I was him would I go to the Giants, Jags, or Jets. All have horrible front offices and are career killers. He just needs to come and say it. Everyone knows it already and maybe it would shake up some of these horrible owners. I also wouldn’t want to go to Dallas with Jerra. Not that it is a bad place he is just a ego maniac horrible GM.

    • Ecm504

      The jets would actually be the best spot for him if you know anything about anything

    • Ecm504

      The Jets have two number ones the next two drafts .more cap space then any team, and this is supposed to be the deepest free agent class EVER !! So u fire Gase get Kc eric Bienemy to coach. sure up the line via free agency. 5 pro bowl O line man set to be free agents . Draft a couple receivers with your other number one and number two. They can turn around pretty quick actually

      • rondon

        Looks great.. on paper. But you’re talking about the Jets who’ve mismanaged that franchise about every way it can be done. There’s nothing “best” about that spot.

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        Yeah, but you’re working under the premise the Jets make all the right moves. It’s the Jets. They’ll hire Bill O’Brien, draft a Kicker and a Punter; and sign an aging RB for 27m. Stay in school, Trevor. Stay in school.

  4. BuckarooBanzai

    He’s playing it perfectly. Must’ve done his “Manning Research” lol

  5. jonnyzuck

    even if he doesn’t want to play for the jets he could come out and force a trade like Eli or Elway

  6. Dtownwarrior78

    I love it. “He don’t wanna go to the Jets, Giants, Jags, Cowboys, etc”. What the hell do you think he can do, say no to all of em? That’s the process, your gonna go to a bad team whether it’s 2021 or 2022. You may be able to Eli your way out of 1 town but not 4 or 5 of them! And the Giants or Texans aren’t career killers, they’ve had pretty good luck with Eli and Deshaun I’d say. Jets? Yeah that’s prolly a worst case scenario.

  7. angrymullet

    Problem is the Jets will most likely have the #1 pick the following year

  8. Tatsumaki

    Nfl should just be delete jets as a franchise same with browns. Terrible organizations that ruin players constantly. Never get it right.

  9. braotis1585

    It’s the Jets, they won’t draft him they will pick a guard instead. However I do think the Vikings are gonna try to get him if he declares.

  10. SueJen

    If Jets have first pick he is coming.
    New coach to work with.
    He ain’t going back to school with so so many millions of dollars there for taking.

    • He won’t sign and will wait to be traded. The team will get tired of getting nothing for their number one draft pick, faster than Lawrence will get tired of waiting.

      • Ecm504

        That won’t happen dude. Deal with it the jets are gonna get him and be a relevant franchise once again

  11. munlou

    You think that the NFL will allow this to happen the days of college players picking were they want to play would ruin the draft players would do this every year

  12. Ecm504

    Listen Let’s just say I have some sort of inside info. He’s coming out this year

  13. Ecm504

    And for everyone killing the jets. The majority of all of this is two things Adam Gase is a disaster who nobody but nobody likes nor respects . secondly the California boy Sam is not what he’s cracked up to be

  14. Ecm504

    Look at his stats 13 pics his junior year. He can’t read a defense he gets baited into bad throws constantly . The jets don’t kill qbs .

  15. Ecm504

    in 2009 and 2010 if the jets had a decent qb just decent they go to the super bowl. Mark Sanchez was terrible,and a little boy amongst grown men. gene smith was never gonna be a star either.As for Sam you can win with him if you have the perfect situation .I mean solid run game great line great D and great wide outs

  16. bhd360

    Doesn’t make sense to risk getting hurt in college. Worst case, pull an Eli ‍♂️

  17. crosseyedlemon

    The simple solution is to have Clemson and the Jets switch divisions.

  18. BuckarooBanzai

    All the things the Jets don’t have now they won’t have for Trevor either.

    There isn’t a coach dead or alive who can make this team relevant again in less than 3-4 years; and even that would require full control/autonomy from the Wilpon-esque ownership.

    The most recent years that weren’t just overtly horrendous were while other teams were building their squads properly.

    Yeah, Gase has proven he believes his own press release that’s been hyped by his “circle of trust” relationship with one of the best QBs to ever play the game. He’s alienated every player & coach on just about every team that’s hired him and he’s defiantly oblivious to his inadequacies … stunning considering how many there are

    No, the Jets are not a couple of pieces short.

    They are the Dolan Knicks and Wilpon Mets of the NFL

    Trevor will most likely be in the NFL next season but barring an complete 180 from the franchise’s consistent Front Office “frittata” decisions it won’t be for The Jets.

    In fact, I’d go so far as to say, with all their glaring holes that they’ve bumbled or ignored, they’d be best served trading that pick as a jump off to a core rebuild

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