Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence not surprisingly pops up in the top 10 of PFF 2023 ranking

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Patrick Mahomes is without a doubt the best quarterback in the NFL right now but who is the second-best? Who would you place at No. 3? Things get a bit murkier and Trevor Lawrence needs to keep improving before he can get legitimate consideration. However, he recently landed on the top 10 of a ranking Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus put together, showing that he's slowly but surely getting there.

Monson ranked all starting quarterbacks and placed Lawrence at No. 8, noting that only Joe Burrow and Mahomes were the only signal-callers to post a higher PFF grade than him in the second half of the 2022 season.

"Lawrence arrived last season. It took him half the year to get the Urban Meyer residue off, but from Week 9 onward, only Burrow and Mahomes earned a higher PFF grade. Billed as a truly generational talent when he was drafted, Lawrence showed the ability in 2022, and the Jaguars have continued to surround him with talent this offseason. "

Lawrence got off to a solid start last year. However, he also made several costly mistakes that played a role in the Jaguars going 2-6 in the first half of the season. However, he was also a huge reason they were able to go 7-2 the rest of the way, leading winning drives against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans.

Similarly, Lawrence showed against the Los Angeles Chargers in Super Wild Card Weekend that he can bounce back from a subpar performance and put the Jaguars in a position to finish on top, throwing four touchdown passes in the second half to win 31-30.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence's maturity level is off the charts

Quarterback rankings are subjective but Trevor Lawrence has consistently shown up in the top 10 after the 2022 season. Earlier this year, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report placed him at No. 4, so it's clear the consensus holds the former Clemson Tiger in high regard.

What's best is that Lawrence hasn't reached his ceiling yet. Last year was his first under Doug Pederson and he should be even better with him having a more firm grasp of his system. The arrival of Calvin Ridley should also help him put up better numbers next season.

On the first day of Organized Team Activities, Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor praised Lawrence's maturity and pointed out that he and the coaching staff are on the same wavelength.

"He was very receptive", Taylor said. "And that's the thing about Trevor, his maturity level is off the charts. So you're able to sit down and say, here's what we see, here's what we need to improve on. He generally has the same notes for the most part".

"We'll ask what are your thoughts and he says the same thing we're tracking, so that's very encouraging for us as a coaching staff, to already see the same things, want to improve on the same things, whether that's fundamentals with him or schematics in terms of our whole offense", Taylor said.

It's important to note that OTAs are voluntary, which is why it's telling that Lawrence is already putting in the work to be even better in 2023. If he keeps improving the way he did last year, you will see him make the top 5 of quarterback rankings more often.

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