Trevor Lawrence’s words sound an awful lot like Eli Manning before the 2004 draft. Would the Giants dare to make a move for a new quarterback?
Trevor Lawrence said that the door was open to staying in college, hinting that he was not in favor of being drafted first overall by the New York Jets.
“My mindset has been that I’m going to move on,” Lawrence told ESPN on Tuesday. “But who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”
The winless Jets currently have the best shot at drafting Lawrence, who by all accounts seems to be hailed the next great quarterback. But not far behind the Jets are the one-win NY Giants.
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The Giants have been here before. In 2004, Eli Manning, the projected number one pick, told the San Diego Chargers he did not want to play for them. This led to a career-shaping trade for both organizations.
The Chargers drafted Manning first overall, and the Giants drafted Philip Rivers at fourth overall. The two organizations traded quarterbacks and had their franchise quarterbacks for nearly two decades.
The Giants aren’t expected to win very many games for the rest of the season. The schedule isn’t getting easier, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town on Monday, and the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Baltimore Ravens still on the schedule. Plus another game each with their divisional rivals. Maybe they pull out victories against the lowly Cincinnati Bengals and the unpredictable Cleveland Browns.
Regardless, many mock 2021 NFL Drafts appear to have the Giants in the top five picks. CBS has the Giants at four, Pro Football Network and the Draft Network have them at three. A little farther is Pro Football Focus, who has them at seven.
But regardless of who gets the golden ticket of the 2021 draft, the ball seems to be in Trevor Lawrence’s court.
The Giants in 2004 were able to trade for the first overall pick, after he was drafted but still on draft day, and received a two-time Super Bowl MVP. Despite their blind faith in 2019 sixth overall pick and current starter Daniel Jones.
It wouldn’t be an unprecedented move by the organization to move on from Jones so soon. The Cardinals selected quarterback Josh Rosen at 10 in the 2018 draft, before selecting Kyler Murray first overall the very next year. And that move in retrospect looks to be a no brainer.
If Lawrence is as good as he is perceived to be, the Giants would be wise to start preparing for draft magic in 2021.