Trevor Lawrence Still OROY Favorite, Despite Meyer’s Claims

  • Urban Meyer has claimed that there is a QB competition.
  • Trevor Lawrence has +275 odds to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When Trevor Lawrence was picked first in the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was assumed that he was going to be the starter on Day 1.

This had been the assumption throughout much of Lawrence’s college career, in which he was touted as the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning. Despite Lawrence’s obvious talent, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has listed Lawrence as a co-starter on top of the depth chart, along with Gardner Minshew.

This comes despite Lawrence being the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, his obvious talent as a prospect, and more or less the entire football world assuming that Lawrence will be the starter no matter what Meyer claims.

Offensive Rookie of the Year

  • Trevor Lawrence +275
  • Justin Fields +500
  • Trey Lance +600
  • Zach Wilson +800
  • Kyle Pitts +1000
  • Najee Harris +1000
  • Ja'Marr Chase +1200
  • Mac Jones +1200
  • DeVonta Smith +1600
  • Jaylen Waddle +2000

Lawrence tops OROY boards by a significant margin over Justin Fields, another talented rookie that is nominally in a battle for the starting spot with a far less talented veteran.

The same goes for Trey Lance, who was the third pick in the draft, and whose competition, Jimmy Garoppolo, is notably better than the competition in Jacksonville and Chicago.

With Lawrence especially, the claims of a QB competition feel like a facade, a method to drive Lawrence to greater heights, or drive trade interest in Gardner Minshew.

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Trevor Lawrence Prop Betting

The prop bets available on Lawrence on the online sportsbooks speak to his immense upside as a potential franchise QB.

  • Break Rookie Record For Passing Yards AND TDs +1000
  • 25+ TDs AND 15+ INTs (Regular Season Only) +350

The fact that he’s even in the conversation to break both the rookie record for passing yards and passing touchdowns is ridiculous and puts any sports bettor in the position of automatically doubting Meyer’s claims of competition in Jacksonville.

It’s not all upside for Lawrence on the prop betting boards, however, as he’s tipped to likely fall into the rookie trap of throwing a lot of interceptions as well. Still, even a season like that would be regarded as a success for Lawrence. After all, the current record holder for rookie interceptions is Peyton Manning, who threw 28 interceptions in 1998.

In short, NFL betting fans should be skeptical of Meyer’s claims. The online sportsbooks certainly seem to be, as demonstrated by Lawrence’s odds to win OROY.