The NFL just released the first ten players in their top 100 list ahead of the 2023 season and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence made his debut at No. 96. While it's nice to see Steezy Trev get recognition from his peers, it feels like he should have been ranked considerably higher.
Players are the ones casting ballots to determine who makes the cut and who doesn't. However, it feels odd that Trevor Lawrence didn't get enough recognition from his peers despite the fact that he's coming off a pretty productive campaign in 2022.
Lawrence, the first overall pick in 2021, had a somewhat disappointing rookie season, completing less than 60 percent of his passes and throwing 17 interceptions and just 12 touchdowns. However, he showed considerable growth in Year 2, completing 66 percent of his passes for 4,113 yards with 25 touchdowns with eight interceptions. On top of that, the former Clemson Tiger came through in the clutch at key times in the second half of the 2022 season to help the Jags win the AFC South and make the playoffs.
Now in his third NFL season, Lawrence consistently pops up in the top 10 of most quarterback rankings and is set to get even better. Just recently, he appeared in Jaguars alumni Maurice Jones-Drew's list of the 10 best players to come out of the 2021 draft. Here are Nos. 91 to 100 in the NFL's top 100 list of players in 2023:
- WR DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (100)
- DE Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys (99)
- OT Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (98)
- FS Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings (97)
- RB Jamaal Williams, New Orleans Saints (95)
- WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders (94)
- LB Eric Kendricks, Los Angeles Chargers (93)
- CB Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens, (92)
- RB Dalvin Cook, Free agent (91)
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence is being vastly underrated ahead of the 2023 season
Trevor Lawrence's spot in most quarterback rankings will change depending on whom you ask, and that's reasonable. After all, there are several outstanding passers in the league right now and outside of Patrick Mahomes, many of them can elevate their team. Having said that, it's a bit puzzling to see Lawrence being ranked below players such as Jamaal Williams, Terry McLaurin, and Eric Kendricks.
No disrespect intended to any of them and their peers think highly enough of them to vote for them but it doesn't make sense to see a running back, a wide receiver, or a linebacker get ranked ahead of a potential franchise quarterback. Can you say with a straight face that Dalvin Cook was more valuable to the Vikes last year than Lawrence was for the Jags? That's highly unlikely.
The Jaguars social media team caught wind of the top 100 list and shared their opinion on Twitter (yes, Twitter):
While it's disappointing to see Lawrence get a low spot in the top 100 list, it's certainly better than not making the cut at all. And if he keeps playing at a high level in 2023 and helps the Jaguars win games, he should move up several slots next year.