Joe Namath: Trevor Lawrence could force trade if drafted by Jets



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Joe Namath: Trevor Lawrence could force trade if drafted by Jets

New York Jets legend Joe Namath thinks No. 1 draft prospect Trevor Lawrence is a "sensational" talent but he suggests he wouldn't be surprised if the Clemson quarterback rejected to play for the Jets. The Jets, who own the league-worst 0-8 record this season, are the frontrunners to land the No.

1 pick in next year's NFL draft. Lawrence is considered as one of the top draft prospects of this century and he appears to be a lock to be picked as No. 1. "Anything could happen in this world, damn near anything -- except for the Jets maybe making the playoffs this year," Namath said Friday in a phone interview with ESPN.

"It's happened before, so why would it shock anybody?"

Jets legend Namath recalled the Eli Manning scenario

Back in 2004, the San Diego Chargers selected Manning at No. 1 in the draft but he was soon traded to the New York Giants after making it clear to the Chargers he had no intention to play for them.

The Jets are a dysfunctional franchise and many have been wondering if Lawrence would pull off an Eli Manning if the Jets land the No. 1 pick. "Thinking back to the Manning family and Eli Manning and San Diego, there are some people that may not want to go [to a certain team] for whatever reason," Namath said.

"But If Trevor Lawrence is available, I think the upside is tremendous there. Also, I think the upside with Sam [Darnold] is positive, but you're not going to keep both of them. You're not going to take a quarterback No.

1 without getting a couple of high draft choices ... for Sam. It depends on what the powers that be want to do." Namath absolutely believes Lawrence has a huge upside and he is everything a team wants to see in a player.

"He's a winner. He's determined. His size is terrific. His athleticism is terrific. His passing ability is terrific." After a brief pause, Namath said with a laugh, "And that's about it. "He shows certainly better athleticism than a lot of people give him credit for, whenever he gets an attitude that he has to go do something and take it out of the pocket.

But guys that take it out of the pocket, they rarely last long. "His passing can improve some with the accuracy, but that accuracy can improve with a split-second or two more time to throw."