by Alex Poletti
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Realizing his chance of playing for a good football team are evaporating the further Clemson gets into the College Football Playoffs, generational quarterback talent Trevor Lawrence took a page from Tua Tagovailoa’s playbook and severely fractured his hip to drop a few spots in the draft following a 49-28 loss against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.
“I saw what happened to Joe Burrow when he went to Cincinnati, and I was really looking to avoid that,” Lawrence, the top prospect in the 2021 NFL draft class, says. “I talked with Tua, who’s been really helpful throughout the process, and he recommended having a gnarly injury that may forever impact your playing ability and everyday life. I guess that drops you about five spots.”
Tagovailoa, who headed into last year’s college football season as the consensus number one-overall pick, suffered a gruesome hip injury against Mississippi State. With the rise of Joe Burrow and increasing concerns about his health going forward, Tua fell to the fifth spot in the draft, putting him on a Dolphins team vying for a playoff spot in week 17.
“At this point in his career, Trevor has to start making some tough choices,” the Dolphins quarterback says. “Does he want to suffer the worst pain he’s ever felt in his life and face an injury from which he could never fully recover, or does he want to play in Jacksonville? It’s a really tough call, but that’s part of being a pro.”
Lawrence made his choice, self-inflicting a devastating injury that will leave him out of action for the next nine months. With this, Jacksonville may be tempted to take a quarterback like Justin Fields of Ohio State or Zach Wilson of BYU. Still, it’s still a possibility that Jacksonville rolls the dice and takes Lawrence with the first pick.
“We don’t have an o-line, so we were planning on doing that to Trevor anyway, so it’s honestly not that big of a deal,” Jaguars interim general manager Trent Baalke says.
Even if Jacksonville decides to pass on the injured quarterback, Lawrence may have the misfortune of going to the misery-ridden New York Jets with the second pick.
“Even if Trevor were dead, we would take his corpse in 2021 over Sam Darnold,” Jets coach Adam Gase declares.