(Author’s Note: I am a long-suffering Jets fan. No, my mother did not drop me on my head as an infant.)
Even a diehard New York Jets fan wouldn’t plunk down hard-earned cash to bet Gang Green will land quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jets: “So you’re saying there’s a chance?”
The Jets currently hold the No. 2 overall pick.
FanDuel is giving the team with the first pick in the draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the best chance of taking Lawrence (-4000 as of early Tuesday afternoon).
Rounding out the list of options FanDuel has posted as “Team to Draft Trevor Lawrence,” are:
- Denver Broncos +2200
- Washington Football Team +2200
- Atlanta Falcons +2900
- Detroit Lions +5000
The New York Giants are +6000 (along with the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and New England Patriots).
The Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, come in at +7500. Between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts, it seems unlikely the Birds will be looking too add another QB.
Odds-on favorite to go No. 1
Nearly every NFL mock draft projects the QB to be the No.1 overall pick.
Likewise, most NJ online sportsbooks also have Lawrence as the favorite to go No.1. DraftKings (-5000), BetMGM (-3000) and FanDuel (-6000) all have him at the top of the board.
Lawrence led the Clemson Tigers to three consecutive ACC championships. As a true freshman in 2018-19, he helped the team win a CFP National Championship. Clemson made the championship game the next season as well, but came up short of winning back-to-back titles.
Lawrence was the Heisman Trophy runner-up
J-E-T…oh, what’s the point anymore?
For most of the 2020-21 NFL season, the Jets looked like a lock to go 0-16 and secure the first pick in the draft.
The pain and embarrassment of becoming only the third team in NFL history to go winless in a season was bearable because there was light at the end of the tunnel: Lawrence. Jets fans could take solace in drafting a franchise QB for the next decade.
Shame on Jets fans for having hope. You knew it was too good to be true.
In true Jets fashion, the team waited until nearly the end of the season to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Or something to that effect.
In Week 15, the Jets won a game they had no business winning against the Los Angeles Rams. To make matters worse, the Jets beat the Cleveland Browns the following week . The two wins against eventual playoff teams (seriously) all but guaranteed the No. 1 pick was out of reach.
The team (thankfully) fired head coach Adam Gase at the end of the season. Former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as the new head coach lasweek.
Along with General Manager Joe Douglas, Saleh now has the unenviable task of picking second in this year’s draft after the closest thing to a sure bet is already off the board.
Good luck, Coach Saleh. Welcome to the Jets, where the odds are always against you.
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