Joe Namath could see Jets drafting 'marvelous' Lawrence, trading Darnold


Count Joe Namath among Trevor Lawrence's many fans.

The Jets legend recently touted the Clemson superstar as a can't-miss prospect at quarterback -- and conceded that the Jets would have to give serious thought to making a change at the position if they land the first pick in next year's draft.

Appearing on the Jake Asman Show on Wednesday, the Hall of Famer said Lawrence was a "marvelous player" and a "monster."

“It will be hard to pass on Lawrence, I tell you," Namath said. "He’s a marvelous player, he has been the past few years. Everything about him -- his passing ability, his movement, his habit of winning.

"He’s a monster. Whoever is going to have a chance to get him, will probably take him."

The Jets are staring at the very real possibility of securing the top overall pick in 2021 after a dreadful 0-6 start to the 2020 campaign -- but meanwhile, the jury remains out on third-year quarterback Sam Darnold, whom the Jets moved up in the 2018 Draft to select.

While Namath thinks the Jets would be hard-pressed to pass up a chance to nab Lawrence, he's not yet ready to write off Darnold -- and even thinks the Jets could use his potential departure to build around Lawrence.

“First of all," Namath said, "if it does end up being our guys, our team, Joe Douglas, who is there now, will make that decision because there are a lot of teams -- there are 31 other teams out there, and Sam Darnold can play for several of them.

"Darnold might be somewhere else starting if that scenario did unfold – if the Jets did get that No. 1 pick. They might do something with Sam to get another high draft choice, or two or three.”

The 77-year-old franchise icon noted that he has no specific insight into the Jets' thinking on Darnold.

“I don’t know whether Sam is still going to be there,” Namath said. “If the Jets are in that undesirable position -- of being in last place, but being in the most desirable position to have the first pick -- I don’t know what they’re going to do.

"They could maybe get other draft choices -- do they still believe in Sam? I don’t look at the video of the game and the replays the way the coaches do, so they’ll make that decision."

Darnold missed the Jets' losses in Weeks 5 and 6 after suffering a sprained right shoulder on a hard sack by Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson in Week 4.

Joe Flacco started both games in Darnold's absence.

Lawrence meanwhile has rolled right along in what he has declared his final season at Clemson, throwing for over 1,500 yards as well as 15 touchdowns and just one pick while completing 73% of his passes. The Tigers started the season 5-0.