NFL Analyst Unconvinced About Trevor Lawrence as a ‘Generational Talent’

Published 04/05/2021, 12:08 PM EDT
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


Trevor Lawrence is the undisputed favorite to be the #1 pick this year. The Clemson quarterback had an incredible showing during his time with the Tigers, with many calling him a generational talent.

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Lawrence is one of the most popular prospects to enter the NFL in recent memory. But one analyst isn’t convinced about the generational talent.

NFL analyst Greg Cosell recently spoke to Rich Eisen about Trevor Lawrence. He noted that prior to him watching Trevor Lawrence; he had heard the rumblings.

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Many had called Lawrence a generational talent. However, Cosell didn’t let that impact his opinion. He believes that calling him anything but that would cause widespread concern about his ceiling.

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

“I think there was a sense of Lawrence and, this doesn’t concern me when I watch tape. There was a sense that Lawrence was generational and I think people started with that as their standard.

“So anything less than talking about him in that way meant that, ‘Oh my god something’s wrong here’.” 

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Cosell added that he did get a chance to watch Lawrence’s tape from college. And while he thinks that Lawrence is a great prospect with excellent attributes, he wouldn’t consider him a generational talent.

While he understands the hype that surrounds Lawrence, he doesn’t see why there are such claims about his potential in the NFL.

“I didn’t start there, I just put the tape on. And I think that Trevor Lawrence is a very good prospect. He’s got high-level traits in many areas.

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“I did not come away watching Trevor Lawrence’s tape thinking that he was generational. I came away thinking this kid is a good prospect with higher-level traits.”

Is Trevor Lawrence a generational talent? That remains to be seen. However, he is considered one of the best QB talents to enter the NFL in recent memory.

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Currently, Lawrence is the undisputed favorite to enter the draft and walk away as the #1 overall pick. In fact, new Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer has all but confirmed that the team will be moving for him in the draft.

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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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