Trevor Lawrence
Will Trevor Lawrence refuse to play for the Jets? Lawrence recently didn’t rule out returning to school despite graduating in December. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Will Trevor Lawrence refuse to play for the New York Jets? That’s the million-dollar question as the 2021 NFL Draft inches closer. John Elway refused to play for the Baltimore Colts, and Eli Manning refused to play for the San Diego Chargers. Both of whom were considered generational prospects. Will Lawrence choose that path?

Lawrence is the unquestioned No. 1 pick heading into the draft. As things stand right now, the Jets are 0-7 and don’t appear close to winning a game. Unless New York somehow gets hot, Lawrence is heading to the Big Apple.

Not only is Lawrence eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft, but he also graduates in December with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. There’s virtually no reason for Lawrence to return to Clemson next year. Nevertheless, he didn’t rule it out.

“My mindset has been that I’m going to move on,” Lawrence said Tuesday. “But who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”

It feels weird that Lawrence has cracked the door open to returning. There are three possible scenarios here.

A: Lawrence actually might return to school.

B: Lawrence is going to the draft but it’s not time to announce it.

C: Lawrence doesn’t want to play for the Jets.

I’m all for players exerting their leverage when they have it. The CBA in the NFL prevents players from entering the NFL before their junior or redshirt sophomore season. Lawrence likely would have been the first pick straight out of high school. He could have been making millions instead of college football. If Lawrence has leverage, he should use it.

Look at Sam Darnold. New York’s incumbent signal-caller is very talented. He’s failing because he has the single worst situation of any quarterback in the league. Do you trust the Jets franchise with your career?

This isn’t just a small rebuild. Virtually the entire roster needs to be overhauled. The Jets need three or four upgrades at every position. Additionally, who’s the head coach going to be? If Adam Gase is part of the deal, run very far away from New York.

Trevor Lawrence is going to have a decision to make. Do you trust the Jets to turn things around and build a competent supporting cast? Time will tell if Lawrence flat out refuses to play for New York.

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