Peyton Manning, a former No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever suit up in the NFL. Some think that Trevor Lawrence, who joined him in that exclusive fraternity moments ago, could wind up being a Manning-level player.
That will take a ton of work. Few quarterbacks have ever had the ability to process information and pick apart a defense the way that Peyton did. Lawrence has been the top prospect at basically every level of football for years now, though. He’s treated like a can’t-miss talent.
Even those types of players take their lumps in the NFL, of course. Peyton Manning set an NFL record that he’d probably like to give back as a rookie, with his 28 interceptions for the 3-13 Indianapolis Colts.
Both quarterbacks attended the Masters in Augusta earlier this year. There, they had a brief meeting, and Manning had a pretty hilarious piece of advice for Trevor Lawrence: play every snap this season, and break that picks record.
At the Masters earlier this month, former No. 1 pick Peyton Manning told this year’s No. 1 pick, new Jaguars’ QB Trevor Lawrence, that Urban Meyer needs to play him every play of every game so that he can break his record – his record for most interceptions by a rookie (28).
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
Even if he does play 100-percent of the snaps this year, which Jacksonville Jaguars fans certainly hope, it is pretty unlikely. Rookie quarterbacks tend to look more game-ready than they did 20 years ago. Still, the Jaguars are a true rebuild with a first-time NFL head coach in Urban Meyer, so it wouldn’t surprise if Lawrence had a real adjustment here.
In three full years at Clemson, Lawrence threw 17 interceptions (to 90 touchdowns) in 40 games. Like Manning so many years ago, he basically looks like he was built in a lab to play quarterback at the highest level.
Congratulations Trevor, and congratulations to the Jacksonville Jaguars, for this becoming official at long last.