Patrick Mahomes is without a doubt the best quarterback in the NFL right now. Many analysts will most likely rank Joe Burrow next, but after them, the line becomes a bit blurry. Some will say Josh Allen is No. 3. Others will grant that distinction to Justin Herbert or maybe Jalen Hurts.
On the other hand, Nick Wright of FS1 believes that spot should be reserved for Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence. During Monday Night Football, he made sure to remind everyone he was high on Steezy Treve before many of his fellow talking heads.
The New York Jets lost Aaron Rodgers for the game but the Buffalo Bills couldn't seize the opportunity and get ahead of the scoreboard. One big reason was Allen's underwhelming play. Wright couldn't put the opportunity to waste and made it known that Lawrence was the better quarterback of the two.
""For 12 months, every single time — as recently as last week! — that I said "Trevor Lawrence is better than Josh Allen," I was called a "troll" or someone "giving hot takes for ratings. Tomorrow? It will be the conventional wisdom. Folks will just pretend they always thought it.""- Nick Wright of FS1
To his credit, Wright has indeed been high on Lawrence, whom he affectionately calls "The Prince". As recently as last month, he told Colin Cowherd that the former Clemson Tiger was a top 3 quarterback in his book. Similarly, Wright was outraged to find out that Lawrence popped up at No. 96 on the NFL's top 100 players of 2023. Again, he said he would be No. 3 in his rankings.
During a different round table (July 6), Wright said Lawrence had a realistic shot at being league MVP for the 2023 season. If anything, he's been consistent, so he deserves props for that. Here's the post he tweeted during the Bills-Jets game.
The Jaguars have a keeper in Trevor Lawrence, who will move up in QB Power Rankings
You will be hard-pressed to find someone on the national media who is higher on Trevor Lawrence than Nick Wright. Heck, former quarterback, and certified bust Ryan Leaf didn't think Trevor was in the top five. Similarly, Kyle Brandt of NFL Media said he was the seventh passer in the AFC.
The closest someone's ranked Lawrence in the top five over the last six months is Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, who placed him at No. 4 in a power ranking based on upside. Then again, if you ask those who have watched Lawrence since he was drafted in 2021 this isn't breaking news.
After all, Lawrence has always had the talent but landed in a less-than-ideal situation when the Jags took him with the first overall pick in 2021. Having Urban Meyer as his head coach hindered his development and having a less-than-ideal supporting cast further complicated things.
Following an underwhelming rookie season, Lawrence got everything he needed to succeed. First, the Jaguars hired a head coach who actually knows what he's doing. Also, general manager Trent Baalke made upgrades to his arsenal of weapons. Not surprisingly, the young passer made a massive leap in 2022, especially in the second half.
Lawrence is already off to a good start in 2023, completing 75 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and one interception against the Indianapolis Colts in the opener and the pick wasn't his fault.
Now, Trevor Lawrence must keep playing at a high level to leave no doubt he's a top 5 quarterback. If he does, it won't matter what Josh Allen does or doesn't do, he'll get the widespread recognition he deserves.