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It may well end up being the most costly win in NFL history. In true New York Jets fashion, the team avoids a winless season and a generational talent all at the same time.
On Sunday the Jets beat the Rams and got their first win of the season. The price for avoiding the history books? A shot at a generational talent at Quarterback.
In any given draft there are generally two if not three players that could be considered for the No. 1 pick. But not this draft. There is but one.
Trevor Lawrence is viewed as head and shoulders above the pack. Last year, this year, next year, it doesn’t matter. He would have gone No. 1 in the 2020 draft, he’d go Number 1 in the 2022 draft. He is a generational talent the NFL draft hasn’t seen since Andrew Luck. And he will most probably be a Jacksonville Jaguar next season.
The Jets still have about a 31% chance at the number one pick according to election week darling and statistical guru Steve Kornacki. Action Network gives them a less favorable 28.8% down from 82.4% prior to the win against the Rams.
Sure the Jets still have options at Quarterback with the number 2 pick if the standings hold. Justin Fields is a fine option, as is Zack Wilson, as is Trey Lance. All three of those guys have the talents to excel with NFL programs. But given the coaching and front office of the Jets, I could also see those guys failing to develop within the Jets system. Just like Sam Darnold, just like Geno Smith, just like Mark Sanchez, etc.
Trevor Lawrence would have been the saving grace for the franchise. He is as NFL ready as they come, he is designed not to fail. The Jets wouldn’t have to worry about developing him, and they could focus on surrounding him with playmakers.
Jet fans will be haunted by the win against the Rams for years to come. Especially if they ever have to witness Trevor Lawrence lifting the Lombardi Trophy as a Jacksonville Jaguar.
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