From Matthew Stafford to Trevor Lawrence? Detroit Lions trade cost

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Tigers (David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Tigers (David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports) /
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Justin Fields, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Detroit Lions’ “Rivers”

Perhaps some of you Detroit Lions fans have already connected the dots. Justin Fields is another quarterback prospect that is available in this draft and he happens to be from what school? Answer: Ohio State, Meyer’s former employer.

As conspiracy theories go, it’s pretty solid. If Meyer wouldn’t consider Fields after having connections to every source of information about him, that would raise some eyebrows. The talented former Buckeyes quarterback was both a five-star prospect coming out of high school and has compiled 5,701 yards passing, 67 touchdowns passing, and just 9 interceptions.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pounds, Georgia native also has an additional 1,133 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns with his feet.  Plus, he’s spread offense-ready, which is what Meyer has always run at every stop in his coaching career.

The NFL Network covered Trevor Lawrence’s impromptu pro day, moved up due to a surgical procedure that Lawrence planned to have done on his non-throwing shoulder; Meyer was about ten feet away from Lawrence the whole time, chatting up Lawrence’s former coach, Dabo Swinney.

Does that mean anything? It means he wants a close look at the presumptive No.1 pick, for sure.

Another two quarterbacks are important to this discussion, too. Zach Wilson and Trey Lance are garnering a lot of attention in this quarterback-needy 2021 environment. Wilson has reportedly drawn even or in front of Lawrence to at least one NFL team according to reports from Draft Scout’s Matt Miller, who relayed comments from an unnamed director of scouting for an NFL team.

While the he-said, third-party information could just be pre-draft talk, it could signal an opportunity for Detroit if the Jaguars believe that the group of top passers are all virtually the same or that Fields is right there with Lawrence. During the football season, most draft media believed that Fields was the quarterback that would be Lawrence’s biggest challenge to going No. 1 overall.