The New York Jets’ dream scenario at No. 23 and 34, Trevor Lawrence’s comments examined and more on Sabo Radio 80.
The New York Jets‘ dream scenario at No. 23 and 34 is … Well, it’s a bit tougher to come up with that perfect outcome than one might think.
Not only are the options plentiful, but the team’s positions of need are also many. Then, scheme fit and character have to be considered. Oh yeah, we also have no idea what the board will look like by the time Joe Douglas is faced with the decision at No. 23 in the 2021 NFL draft.
Jets’ dream scenario at 23 and 34
There are a variety of ways to look at it.
First and foremost, South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn dropping to the 23rd spot would qualify as a dream. Most pundits have Horn going in the top 20, and some see him getting snagged in the top 10. Considering the Jets’ desperate need for cornerbacks, Horn slipping to 23 certainly fits the bill.
Then there’s the offensive line, where young Zach Wilson (or whichever quarterback the Jets take at No. 2) needs serious and nasty talent. While cornerback is the team’s greatest need on paper—if all things are equal—the rookie quarterback’s presence propels the interior of the offensive line into the top spot.
USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker would also qualify as a dream. Mocked commonly in the teens to offensive line-hungry teams, the young guard who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 300 pounds features a skill set perfect for a wide-zone scheme—a look many believe Mike LaFleur will favor in New York, thanks to his Kyle Shanahan influence.
Then again, considering the interior offensive line position is deep near the end of the first and early second rounds, would Vera-Tucker represent the wisest choice? What about Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis, another athletic IOL who can fit the incoming offensive scheme?
Trevor Lawrence’s comments do mean something
It seems there are only two narratives when discussing Trevor Lawrence‘s latest comments. These two groups consist of the “let’s jump off a bridge crowd” because Lawrence doesn’t care about the game and the “who cares?” crowd that waves it away magically.
If Lawrence’s laid-back attitude towards football works for him, that’s tremendous. Unlike a Tom Brady, the Clemson product has cracked the code. He’s figured out how to dominate the sports and win championships without an obviously-seen maniacal attitude.
But to think these comments are totally meaningless when evaluating talent is to not understand the NFL draft. Never is talent the only factor when evaluating talent, and it especially becomes sticky when deciding on a top-three quarterback.
Public figures use the bartering system. Certain things such as privacy and normalcy are sacrificed in order to earn millions and/or have a shot at immortality. Lawrence’s talent is good enough to play quarterback in the league, but is his internal drive absurd enough for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ liking?
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