4 ways Jets win impacts the Panthers’ 2021 NFL Draft plans

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A trade for Trevor Lawrence?

It is going to take a brave team to pass up on Trevor Lawrence. The quarterback has been next-level ready for two years now and has made a mockery of college opponents throughout what has been another standout campaign from the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Jets wouldn’t have hesitated to take Lawrence, and they might still get the chance to do so if results go their way.

However, Jacksonville is now in the primary seat. And considering the problems they’ve experienced under center in 2020, it would be a huge shock if they didn’t follow the same trend.

Although highly unlikely, the Carolina Panthers have a better chance of moving up for Lawrence than they did this time last week.

Here’s why.

The Jaguars are in a complete rebuild and if they received multiple picks and players for Carolina to bolt up three spots for the Clemson phenom, it is an option worth considering.

Lawrence also might decide to pull an Eli Manning. If he decides that the Jaguars aren’t for him, given how much he is loved in the Carolinas, staying a little closer to familiar surroundings might be more preferable.

Make no mistake, it would take a king’s ransom for the Jaguars to even consider this.

But the Panthers would be foolish not to at least explore the possibility if they do eventually land at No. 4 overall.