Tank for Trevor: NFL team reportedly expected to focus on drafting Clemson QB in 2021
Carolina Panthers fans may have to wait a year to see Joe Brady’s offense look like the 2019 LSU Tigers.
According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, “many sources” believe the Carolina Panthers are all-in on drafting Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence in 2021. Since Lawrence’s freshman season, many analysts have called the Tiger signal-caller “NFL ready.” If the Panthers want to guarantee they can draft Lawrence, they’ll need the No. 1 overall pick, which figures to be secured by tanking in the 2020 season.
Cam Newton is currently Carolina’s quarterback, but his future in Charlotte is unclear. Newton is approaching the final year on his contract after missing the last 14 games of the 2019 season with a Lisfranc injury as well as the final two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. At last week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule indicated he wants Newton to be the team’s quarterback in 2020.
“I absolutely want Cam here,” Rhule told reporters, per ESPN’s David Newton. “There’s no doubt about that.”
“From my perspective, I am unbelievably excited to get a chance to work with Cam,” Rhule added.
Rhule also acknowledged the injuries.
“So really the only thing that matters is getting him healthy,” Rhule said. “I’m excited to have him here. I want him to be here. I want to coach him.”
Rhule may want to coach Newton, but if the Panthers are looking to “Tank for Trevor” in 2020, the front office may be interested in trading or releasing Newton, who is due $19.1 million this year. Tanking, of course, doesn’t always go as planned. This time last year, we were reading about Tua Tagovailoa going No. 1 overall to the Miami Dolphins.
#TankForTrevor starting early 👁🗨
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) March 8, 2020