Former NFL star says Trevor Lawrence should stay at Clemson if Jets get No. 1 pick


The New York Jets are an abomination at 0-6, but that has them in prime position to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

However, one former NFL star is warning the Clemson quarterback to stay away from Gang Green.

Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, whose cousin is Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, told Brian Giuffra of The Big Lead on Tuesday that if he could relay a piece of advice to Lawrence it would be to stay in school – only if the Jets have the first pick.

“I’d just go back for another year,” White said. “I don’t want any part of that organization. … I would tell [Elliott] to tell Trevor, ‘If the Jets get the first pick, don’t go. Just stay. Just stay one more year in college and enjoy your time, man, just enjoy your time in college because it would be awful for you if you get drafted by the Jets.’”

White pointed to how they have failed Sam Darnold and have zero offensive weapons to help a young quarterback.

“They do not know how to put anything together over there as far as quarterbacking, as far as weapons around the quarterback as far as anything to do with offensive talent,” he said. “They can draft defensively and do a helluva job on that side of the ball. As far as offense, that team is just bad at picking players.”

It is hard to grade Jets GM Joe Douglas so far with just one draft under his belt, but there is no question that the weapons around Darnold have been lacking. Denzel Mims, who the Jets drafted in the second round, has yet to play a game while Le’Veon Bell was released by the team after they failed to utilize him to his potential.

Of course, Adam Gase was hired due to his “offensive genius” and has not been able to get Darnold to take the next step. In fact, Darnold had appeared to regress through his first four games this year before he was sidelined with an AC joint injury.

There is no indication what Lawrence is thinking, but he has been heralded as the next sure-thing quarterback and would seemingly be foolish not to declare for the draft.

But to guys like White, it would be more foolish to go to the Jets.

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