Will Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence make the Pro Bowl in 2021?
Trevor Lawrence has the potential to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars certainly hope. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have taken him with the top pick in 2021’s draft. The former Tiger has the physical tools and the smarts to thrive right out of the gate but is it too much to expect him to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie? Not if you ask Marc Sessler of NFL Media.
Sessler recently put together a list of AFC players that could potentially earn their first Pro Bowl selection, and he chose Lawrence as the pick for the Jaguars. Sessler points out that the Clemson product wouldn’t be the first rookie passer to earn the designation and sees Lawrence as “the kind top-flight prospect destined to start right away”.
"It’s not impossible for a rookie passer to wind up in the Pro Bowl. Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Dan Marino, Dak Prescott, Cam Newton, and even Jameis Winston pulled it off after fine first-year outings."
Sessler points out that the former Tiger will be throwing passes to DJ Chark Jr., Marvin Jones Jr., and Laviska Shenault Jr. Also, the running game, led by James Robinson and rookie Travis Etienne, will take some pressure off Lawrence’s shoulders.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are making sure Trevor Lawrence is ready.
The Jaguars are a young team but there are several players on the roster that deserve to make the Pro Bowl in 2021. Linebacker Myles Jacks comes to mind and so does center Brandon Linder. If wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. has a breakout season, he would be another worthy candidate. The same is true for cornerback C.J. Henderson and strong linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson. However, Lawrence is the only rookie in Jacksonville with a legitimate shot at becoming a Pro Bowler in 2021.
Travis Etienne will be sharing the backfield with James Robinson so his chances of making an impact will not be as high as Lawrence’s. Offensive tackle Walker Little could join the starting lineup if incumbent Cam Robinson struggles but it’s not a sure thing. Safety Andre Cisco and cornerback Tyson Campbell face a similar situation. There are several players ahead of them on the depth chart and it’s uncertain when they will take the field.
Meanwhile, Lawrence will most likely be the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1, barring injuries. Even if he has a bad game or two, the coaching staff won’t take him out of the game. Instead, they will let him play and get better on the football field. Now, Lawrence is not just another quarterback. Sure, he will struggle at times, he should be able to help the Jaguars win more games and make a few impressive plays.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell likes to run the ball but Lawrence will have a well-rounded wide receiver corps at his disposal. It wouldn’t make sense not to throw the ball. Moreover, the Jags will probably get into a few shootouts and they will need to pass if they want to keep up with opposing teams. These situations will give their rookie passer the opportunity to showcase his talent.
Although Trevor Lawrence will experience growing pains in his first year in the NFL, he has the potential to exceed expectations in 2021 and even become a Pro Bowler in the process.