Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft. You could argue that the Jacksonville Jaguars have the best of the bunch in Trevor Lawrence. However, the crew at Pro Football Focus believes Mac Jones is currently the better passer.
Seth Galina of PFF recently ranked all the NFL quarterbacks under 25. Jones took the sixth spot in the list and Lawrence popped up at number seven. Lamar Jackson landed at the top and Justin Herbert came up at two. The analyst says believes the former “has done an excellent job” of leading the New England Patriots’ offense in 2021. Galina notes that the Alabama product has been accurate and highlights the fact he’s fourth in the league with a 70.5 percent completion rate.
Regarding Lawrence, Galina says the Jaguars passer might eventually end up higher than Jones but he has to “settle down and start making the right throws”. Later in his assessment, he praises the rookie’s decisiveness and movement skills. On the other hand, Galina thinks he needs to improve his decision-making.
"Right now, he is being sacked at the ninth-highest rate and is still making too many rash throws down the field. Once he figures that out, Lawrence has the chance to be one of the NFL’s best QBs."
The Jaguars are trusting Trevor Lawrence to make the right decisions.
All things considered, Galina’s ranking isn’t wrong and he’s right Lawrence could end up in a higher spot, as he has a higher ceiling than Jones. However, he’s part of a club that is in rebuilding mode while the Patriots are currently a more well-rounded team. Having said that, the top overall pick in the 2021 draft is quickly improving and it will be a matter of time before he has full command of the offense.
Against the Dolphins, he made a clutch throw that put Matthew Wright in the position to kick the game-winning field goal. The fact that he’s making that kind of plays so early in his NFL career should be reassuring for both Jaguars fans and the coaching staff.
Lawrence may be losing ground to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase of the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award but he’s not the only player he needs to worry about. Jones is also making a case for the award and will keep the race interesting throughout the year.
Regardless of where Lawrence is ranked, there’s no chance the Jaguars would change him for Jones. Lawrence is displaying the traits of a franchise quarterback. If he keeps improving and plays up to his potential, the Jags won’t have to worry about the position for a while.