It finally happened. Someone made pre-draft headlines by saying Trevor Lawrence should not go first overall. Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann said if he were in charge of a team — luckily, he’s not — he’d draft Zach Wilson over Lawrence.
“I would take Wilson over Lawrence,” Theismann said on CBS Sports HQ.
“I think Zach, obviously, I just love the way he throws the football. It is hard to teach. We have seen people learn to perfect it a little bit. He has all the skills; he has a live arm, he has a strong arm, he can put touch on it, he can gun it. He is 6’3″, he is not a small guy. He moves around with great athleticism. I think, to me, watching him play quarterback, he looks really ready,” Theismann explained.”
Oddly, Theismann doesn’t just really like Wilson. He just has some concerns with Lawrence because he played at Clemson.
“Trevor Lawrence is certainly a big kid who can run well, surrounded by terrific talent at Clemson. It is a little bit like Mac Jones at Alabama. They are surrounded by terrific talent and sometimes you look at that talent and say, ‘Did that help the position a lot.’ I think in the case of Trevor, being a young guy and as strong and physical as he is, he will have a great opportunity to learn, as will Mac and all the young guys, Justin Fields, as well, out of Ohio State. I just think coming into this particular draft, Zach checks all of the boxes for me.”
A bit like Mac Jones, huh?
It’s important to make fun of Theismann now because he’s playing with house money with his statement. In addition to the buzz, if the 3% chance that Lawrence becomes a bust and Wilson is better hits, Theismann will earn bragging rights until the end of the decade.
By the way, I’d like to know what boxes Wilson checks that Lawrence doesn’t. Perhaps, there’s a negative box that says “played with strong surrounding talent” that outweighs all the boxes above and below it?
To Jags’ fan: there have been a lot of bad days in Jacksonville, but when those memories resurface, just be thankful Joe Theismann isn’t running your team.