Trevor Lawrence is backing off his declaration that this would be his final season at Clemson, a move Tim Tebow believes is wise.
Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and former Jets quarterback said he believes there is no reason Lawrence should know now what he plans on doing next year.
In fact, the 6-foot-6 Lawrence should not rush into any decision, Tebow said on the “Tiki and Tierney” CBS Sports Radio show. The Heisman Trophy favorite should analyze the situation of whichever team is in position to draft him — currently the Jets — before deciding his immediate future.
“I really am a huge believer that in college — but even more so in the NFL — your success is so much predicated on the system and what’s around you,” Tebow said. “When these quarterbacks are in the right system where the system fits who they are and how they play, how they can compete and how they can succeed — and they put good pieces around them – then guys do good. It’s crazy how that happens.
“But when they go into places where there’s turmoil and chaos and they don’t have good players around them, then guess what? They’re not as good. I think there’s been so many quarterbacks that had a chance of being good that weren’t put in a good system around them, that weren’t put in a position to succeed.”
On Tuesday, Lawrence told reporters he could return to school for his senior year and there “are a lot of things that can happen.” Just last week, former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, the cousin of Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, said Lawrence should not go pro if the Jets, currently the only winless team in the NFL, wind up with the No. 1 pick.
“I would really encourage Trevor to find out: How are they going to use you? How are they going to support you?” Tebow said. “If I was him, I would genuinely try to evaluate everything and look at it with open eyes. Because he’s so good and he’s so talented and he’s a great prospect, he will have leverage.”