Trevor Lawrence will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft but which teams should already be keeping tabs on the Clemson quarterback?
On Monday night, Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be playing in his second National Championship Game of his career, this time taking on the LSU Tigers. As Joe Burrow quarterbacks the opposing team and will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Lawrence is the frontrunner to follow in Burrow’s shoes as the No. 1 selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, the first year that he’s eligible.
In his two seasons at Clemson, Lawrence has lived up to his phenom billing that he had as a 5-star recruit. The long-haired quarterback has every tool that you could imagine, displaying fantastic arm strength, great accuracy, athleticism and size that NFL teams will simply drool over once they have the chance to snatch him up.
We could very well see a rat race in the 2021 NFL Draft as teams try to be the ones that land Trevor Lawrence. However, the big question is which teams will be involved in that race. No, it isn’t just about which teams will be bad in the 2020 season but rather which teams will need to address the quarterback position in the most aggressive and game-changing way possible.
So as Lawrence prepares to vie for his second title in as many college seasons, let’s look into the crystal ball at five NFL teams that should already be thinking about him in the 2021 draft and potentially be willing to make a huge trade up for him.
5. New Orleans Saints
The 2020 offseason is going to be fascinating for the New Orleans Saints. After having three quarterbacks on their roster that all saw noteworthy time on the field in 2019 with Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill, all three players are now slated to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason.
In all likelihood, the Saints are going to re-sign Brees as he’s been a stalwart for their offense and, playoff loss aside, has shown very few signs of slowing down despite his advanced age. The question becomes if they can afford Bridgewater in free agency as well as the former Viking likely earned himself a hefty payday with his fill-in work for an injured Brees this season.
There’s reason to believe New Orleans would like to make Bridgewater the heir-apparent to Brees’ spot under center but they simply might not be able to afford that. And that could leave them in the market for a quarterback in 2020 or 2021.
If nothing else, the Saints have never been shy about making big, risky moves to get a player that they believe is the guy they need. And if the situation plays out where they retain Brees and not Bridgewater, the guy they need could be Trevor Lawrence. If that happens, they would make a ton of sense to add the prolific Clemson signal-caller.