Shannon Sharpe Refutes Comparisons Between Trevor Lawrence and Stephen Curry

Published 04/22/2021, 1:38 PM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Trevor Lawrence is one of the hottest stars going into the 2021 NFL Draft. The Clemson quarterback is the consensus #1 overall pick heading into this year’s draft. During his stint with Clemson, Lawrence set the collegiate circuit on fire.

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Lawrence is one of the most sought-after college football prospects in recent history. But Shannon Sharpe doesn’t believe that he comes close to being the Stephen Curry of his sport.

Shannon Sharpe went on Undisputed to discuss the recent comparisons between Trevor Lawrence and Stephen Curry. He believes that there is no reason for these comparisons to exist.

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He talked about his own reaction to watching Lawrence play, and Steph doesn’t come to mind when he sees Lawrence. He questioned what Lawrence brings to the game that is so different and unique to those that came before him.

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“Not one time when I saw Trevor Lawrence throw the football I thought I was watching Steph Curry throw the basketball. Is his ball any more beautiful coming out of his hands than it was (from) Marino, Warren Moon, or Aaron Rodgers?

“Can he throw the ball as far as John Elway, Patrick Mahomes, or Josh Allen? Because what Steph Curry is doing, we’ve never seen before.” 

Trevor Lawrence not on the level of Stephen Curry

Sharpe added that Curry is a transcendent player who changed the way basketball is played. And so far Lawrence hasn’t shown anything that makes someone believe that he can do that.

Sharpe also noted that the only way Lawrence could change the game as Curry did, would be if he ever a combination of some of the greatest quarterbacks of all time like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

“We’ve never seen anybody shoot the ball with that accuracy from that distance. He is a transcendent player, he changed the game. What way is Trevor Lawrence going to change the game? Is he going to do something we haven’t seen?

“Is he going to be a combination of Mike Vick, Lamar Jackson, rolled into Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady? Because that is the only way.”

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Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) fumbles the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (92) reaches for it during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Russell Costanza-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Trevor Lawrence be the Steph Curry of football? Currently, Lawrence is one of the most special recruits in this year’s draft class.

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However, Sharpe is correct in saying that he needs to bring something totally new to the quarterback position to get the acclaim that Curry has.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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