Trevor Lawrence's path to a national championship in 2020 just got a lot trickier now that preferred deep threat Justyn Ross is out for the season.
Ross will not play in 2020, and potentially beyond that, after an X-Ray found a congenital fusion in his neck and spine that could cause major problems should he injure it in a game.
If you're Lawrence, you have to consider sitting out 2021. With his top two receivers from last year gone and his status as the top pick in the NFL Draft all but secured barring a major reversal in thinking, what incentive does he have to play for free under Dabo Swinney?
For those who think that not playing for a year would hurt his chances of going No. 1 overall, Sam Bradford went No. 1 overall despite the fact he missed almost an entire season due to injury. Lawrence, barring the totally unforeseen, is going No. 1 in 2021.
For the first time in a few years, the top quarterback prospect in the draft is viewed as a generational talent who will go No. 1 overall to a QB-needy team. If whomever gets the No. 1 pick does not need a quarterback, they'll assuredly trade with a team that does need one. Lawrence can gain very little as it pertains to his stock in 2021, but he has a lot to lose.