Following this collegiate season, Trevor Lawrence will “likely” declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and walk in as the likely first overall selection. And if that is the Jets -- who currently own the first overall pick -- who take him, he will be accepting of the challenge.
It’s no secret the Jets have had a rough 2020 campaign thus far, and some have even speculated in the past that Lawrence could pull an Eli Manning and tell the team he won’t play for them. However, speaking on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Lawrence said that he’s up for any challenge that his NFL career will throw at him, including helping a rebuilding team.
“I think I’m ready,” he said. “I think just being here at Clemson, my journey has taught me a lot. I’ve grown up a lot the past few years and I’m really just ready to take on whatever challenge it is and just have the opportunity.
“Honestly, I know some of the stuff I say is cliché, but just to have the opportunity to go somewhere, help someone rebuild if that’s what it is or whatever and just win. That’s something I love doing. I think that’s what I’m best at is winning. Regardless of stats, that’s what I love.”
The Jets, who Lawrence admitted he hasn't watched too much this season, could certainly use some more wins. And that’s if they want to go in the direction of Lawrence if they’re offered that opportunity. Sam Darnold still has three more games this season to prove himself to the Jets.
But Lawrence is receptive to the fact that being a top draft pick means not always going to an established contender right out of college. He is 85-3 since high school, which is an absurd stat. The NFL could change that, though.
He recognizes that.
“Obviously some places will be more of a challenge than others, but I think I’m up for it,” he said.