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Since that fateful night of January 7th, 2019 we have heard non-stop comparisons between Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. For most, Luck was the surest to succeed at the next level since Peyton Manning back in 1998, and now we’re seeing that torch passed on to the Tigers QB ahead of the 2021 Draft.
Lawrence is inarguably among the most talented quarterbacks we’ve seen in recent years, but some quotes coming out of Lawrence’s camp featured in a recent SI Cover Story have many questioning some other aspects of the star QB’s career path.
“He’s not award-driven. He’s not, ‘I want to win a Super Bowl at all costs,’ ” said his father Jeremy. Joey King, his coach at Cartersville High, added “There is no doubt about it: With who he is as a person, he could walk away from it tomorrow and be fine.”
Ummmmm…. How sure are we that Trevor Lawrence is still that surefire pick he’s been projected as since high school?? There have been some unfounded rumblings about a certain prospects work ethic and dedication to the game, but here is stone cold truth from the source about a lack of motivation to dominate the sport. Even Lawrence himself had a wild answer when asked about his desire to be the best.
“I think that’s unhealthy to a certain extent, just always thinking that you’ve got to prove somebody wrong, you’ve got to do more, you’ve got to be better.”
Now, this doesn’t by any means take away the talent Lawrence has displayed in his time at Clemson, but we had an eerily similar case just over a year ago in Andrew Luck. While Luck was at the top of his game, with his Colts primed to compete for a Super Bowl in the 2019 season, he shocked the world by announcing his retirement after a preseason game against the Bears.
Luck was about as common a comparison for Lawrence as any, and it seems as though we could be looking at a far more accurate portrayal than we thought.
Look, I understand that Trevor Lawrence has been as big a name as we’ve seen in college football in the past decade, but there are now serious concerns regarding his desire to be great. Natural talent can only take you so far, and I’d venture to argue his career could very likely be on par with the Hall of Fame trajectory we saw with Andrew Luck, but with how Luck’s story was unexpectedly and abruptly ended, I don’t see how the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t in panic mode as we speak.
This is one of the most highly touted QB classes of my lifetime, and with 4 guys projected to be drafted within the Top-10 in my Mock Draft 1.0, do we see the Jags deviate from the public opinion and select a guy who coach Urban Meyer has some rapport with? That remains to be seen, but you’d be foolish to believe these comments haven’t caused a sense of panic within some NFL war rooms.