Potential Landing Spots for Trevor Lawrence
Is your franchise hopeless and in a tailspin? Well, fear no more because hope could be on the way soon. The hope dresses in white and orange and has stylish long hair. The hope also happens to dominate in football and be named Trevor Lawrence. Trevor Lawrence is the most touted prospect since Peyton Manning. Lawrence is mobile, has freakish arm talent, great accuracy, and amazing game smarts. Lawrence has the potential to be at top-seven right after his rookie year. Trevor is the future face of the NFL and the face of one of these franchises.
New York Jets
Let’s start with the team most likely to acquire Trevor Lawrence, the dumpster fire New York Jets. I would be shocked if the Jets win a game, making them the front runner for pick #1. This is the worst spot for Lawrence or really any quarterback. The Jets lack any real skill position weapons outside of star slot receiver Jamison Crowder. They have bust Breshad Perriman, Injured Denzel Mims, Underperforming Chris Herdnon and a backfield of 37-year-old Frank Gore and unproven La’Mical Perine. Both Perriman and Gore will likely depart this offseason too. The defense needs a major rebuild as well.
Coaching will be completely overturned this offseason. Getting rid of Gase is essential to the rebuild. The offensive line needs more work done, and outside of solid rookie Mekhi Becton, there isn’t another good offensive lineman. The only upside here is the Jets are second in cap space in 2021 and have many draft picks to use to get Trevor some help. This team will most likely get Trevor, but I feel bad for him personally. The Jets won’t be in the playoffs anytime soon unless Trevor carries them Russell Wilson style.
New York Giants
The Giants have won one game this season. Their offense has looked lifeless at times with Daniel Jones at the helm. It is time for change in the Big Apple. Grabbing Trevor Lawrence and pairing him with Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Darius Slayton would be fun. The Giants would have to trade turnover-prone Daniel Jones and invest in protection upfront. The skill-position talent makes the Trevor Lawrence pick here entertaining, but I would be wary of the offensive line and passive defense. With Lawrence, the Giants are probably still a year out from being a contender unless they develop a stronger defense.
This is one of the two dream scenarios for Trevor Lawrence. He would get to enter an offense with All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones and up-and-coming superstar Calvin Ridley. The Falcons in recent years have put work into this offensive line, and it looks better. Running back Todd Gurley II has looked solid in this offense, and I expect him to resign with Atlanta this offseason. The third receiver Russell Gage has played very promising football, while Tight End Hayden Hurst is hit-or-miss. There will be a new coaching staff, and this is a team that could attract the most wanted coaching candidate this offseason, offensive guru Eric Bieniemy. Atlanta would deal Matt Ryan for a pick or two that should be used on defense. If I were Trevor Lawrence, I would be elated about coming to Atlanta. The Falcons should be contenders the day Lawrence walks in the door.
Washington Football Team
Washington is the most awkward fit, in my opinion, for Trevor Lawrence. They have two young, talented skill position players in Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson but outside of these two not many positives on Washington’s offense. Washington needs to rebuild their offensive line and depth at wide receiver completely. On the other hand, Washington’s defense is overtly solid, so if they get their hands on Trevor, they should pour picks and cap into the offense. The fit is weird due to the awkward fluctuation of talent on the offense and complete rebranding of the team. Trevor has the best opportunity in Washington to be the face of a franchise and lead a huge market with a new name and identity next season.
This the second of the two best fits for Trevor. After the season, this entire coaching staff will be washed, (Todd Wash pun) and it will allow for Jacksonville to bring in an offensively-minded coach who can maximize Trevor’s talent. However, Jacksonville has some talent remaining in running back James Robinson and receivers D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault. The team also has a plethora of picks readily available to get Trevor another piece to play with. Jacksonville has the most cap available of any NFL team next offseason. Jacksonville flexibility is its best selling point, and I believe Jacksonville is an ideal fit for Trevor Lawrence.
The Vikings were considered to be contenders before the season. Now they’re staring at Trevor Lawrence after a horrific and shocking 1-5 start to the season. The Vikings look to be sellers in real-time and that only helps their odds of grabbing Lawrence and grabbing picks to put a defense beside him. The Vikings have a lot of talent surrounding Lawrence if he got to Minnesota. They have veteran Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Theilen, offensive rookie of the year frontrunner Justin Jefferson, Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook, up and coming tight end Irv Smith Jr.
The downside to landing in Minnesota is that they’re very cap-strapped and would need to make some moves just to get out of their $4 Million deficit for 2020. Also, I don’t like the Mike Zimmer-Trevor Lawrence head coach and quarterback duo. Zimmer is a defensively-minded head coach who is working with an extremely underwhelming defense. I think Zimmer should and probably will be canned, but not until post-2021. Trevor has the weapons here, but it could be a wait for him to get a coach who can maximize his offensive talent.