LSU Football: Trevor Lawrence could learn a major lesson from Joe Burrow

Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (Graythen/Getty Images)
Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (Graythen/Getty Images) /

Trevor Lawrence could learn a major lesson from former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow.

Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow likely taught Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence a thing or two in the 2019 national championship game.

But those aren’t the only lessons that Lawrence should take from Burrow.

Lawrence will almost certainly be the top selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, just as Burrow was in 2020.

And that means that Lawrence will likely be heading to a team that isn’t very good. Again, just as Burrow did in this year’s draft.

For Burrow, it was the Cincinnnati Bengals, which is a less than ideal landing spot. For Lawrence, it could be an even worse destination — the New York Jets.

LSU football’s Joe Burrow should’ve avoided Cincinnati

I’ve made it clear in recent weeks that I feel like Burrow made a terrible decision to go to the Bengals.

Burrow has the talent to be a Hall of Fame quarterback. But he’s not going to be able to turn the Bengals into a contender by himself.

Cincinnati isn’t known for putting a quality product on the field. There’s no reason to expect they suddenly will just because Burrow is under center. History suggests that it will be more of the same from the Bengals in the coming years.

The same can be said for the Jets — a team that’s been searching for a franchise quarterback for over two decades.

Going to the Jets would be a mistake by Lawrence. The Jets aren’t going to put the talent around Lawrence that he would need. Instead, he’d go to New York, get destroyed by opposing defenses (like Burrow is in Cincinnati this season) and leave us all with a bunch of what if questions.

Lawrence should simply refuse to play for the Jets. He shouldn’t return to Clemson — there’s no point in that. If the Jets draft him, he should refuse to sign. Sit out, make money from endorsements, and then re-enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

If Lawrence is up-front that he’s not going to play for the Jets, the team will likely trade the pick. They’re not going to waste a top overall selection on a player who is a threat to sit out the season.

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Avoiding the Jets at all costs is the best career advice I can give Lawrence. He’ll be much better off landing almost anywhere else.