This is why four-time pro bowler and former Falcons star wide receiver Roddy White is advising Lawrence, the gifted pocket passer, considered one of the most talented quarterback prospects since Andrew Luck in 2012.
“Because it would be terrible for you to get drafted by the Jets because they don’t know how to put quarterbacking, arms around the quarterback, as well as anything as far as anything that has to do with offensive talent,” White Told The Big Lead on Tuesday.
There is a good chance that the Jets become the third team in NFL history to finish 0-16, behind the 2008 Lions and 2017 Browns, which would guarantee them the top pick in the draft as every other team this season Have won at least one game.
Lawrence, 21, may also have a difficult time passing, even though the Jets have only had three years to select Sam Darnold with the third-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The 23-year-old Darnold has mostly failed to live up to expectations, due in large part to the mediocre talent around him, as White pointed out, and played under two coaches in such a short period of time.
The Jets have tallied a league-low 75 points (25 fewer teams above the offense) through six games this season, and that is widely expected to come by the end of second-year head coach and play-caller Adam Gesse The weather is expected.
But it would be very shocking if Lawrence, a 6-foot-6 signal caller with long hair, does not announce for the draft, having already won a national title with Clemson in 2019. He has spent his junior season with defense, like Saturday when he threw a career-high five touchdowns in the first half of a 73–7 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, bringing his season-total to 15 from five matches.
If Lawrence followed White’s advice, it would add painful memories for Jets fans.
After finishing 1–15 in 1996, the Jets were selected to select Peyton Manning with the No. 1 pick and were paired with newly hired Bill Parks and previous top pick and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Then future Hall of Famer Manning surprisingly announced that he would return for his senior season at Tennessee, making it the biggest WhatsApp in Jets history.