Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Likely No. 1 Looks Like Generational Talent
This is The Game Day’s Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft Prospect Profile. After you read our Trevor Lawrence Scouting Report, Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1 and see where Trevor Lawrence is predicted to be selected.
Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Trevor Lawrence: Bio & Measurables
- College: Clemson
- Height: 6-foot-6
- Weight: 225 lbs.
- Class in Final Season: Junior
Trevor Lawrence: Scouting Report
- Excellent accuracy at all depths of target.
- Above-average arm strength.
- Commanding stature at 6-foot-6 and seems to have frame to add more muscle.
- Sneaky mobility.
- Abundant big-game college experience.
- Impressive pocket presence; doesn’t panic under pressure and can take a hit.
- Puts receivers in position to succeed by consistently hitting his targets in stride.
- Excellent ball security.
- High football IQ; able to adapt to a variety of offensive systems.
- Despite elite status, well-earned reputation for being a diligent, coachable worker.
- Length of frame could leave him more exposed to injury.
- Will need to improve defensive reads and recognition, which should come relatively quickly given his football IQ.
Trevor Lawrence NFL Outlook
As is evident by his scouting report, Lawrence carries minimal risk after a three-year college career in which he piled up 10,098 passing yards, a 90:17 TD:INT, and 66.6 percent completion rate. The elite prospect compiled those numbers despite the fact he wasn’t named a starter until the fifth game of his 2018 freshman season and then also saw his 2020 campaign shortened by COVID-19.
And while the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder isn’t going to make anyone forget Deshaun Watson or the likes of Lamar Jackson with his legs, he’s no statue, either. Lawrence finished his college tenure with 943 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 4.1 yards per attempt.
Lawrence also draws high marks for big-game experience. The 21-year-old appeared in 40 games overall (36 starts) while playing in the highly competitive ACC, and he appeared in two College Football Playoff National Championship games, winning one. While the Tigers’ 42-25 loss to LSU in the 2019 iteration of the contest saw Lawrence post the worst passer rating of his career, he won Offensive MVP by posting 366 total yards and three touchdowns against Alabama a year earlier in the 2018 edition.
Although Lawrence played in an offense that made heavy use of the screen game, scouts unanimously agree he’s about as far from a system quarterback as one can get. In fact, one of the strengths the towering signal-caller is most lauded for is his accuracy on the deep ball. Additionally, his arm strength is considered exceptional, as it consistently allows him to thread the needle on the tight-window throws that he’ll undoubtedly encounter a lot more of as a pro.
Trevor Lawrence NFL Comparison
With his relatively unique combination of a towering frame and above-average athleticism, there isn’t an abundance of similar quarterbacks at the NFL level that one could closely compare Lawrence to. However, a review of the countless scouting reports on Lawrence seems to produce a consensus on two current professional signal-callers to whom the very likely 2021 first overall pick compares: the Tennessee Titans’ Ryan Tannehill and the Houston Texans’ (for now) Deshaun Watson, a fellow Clemson alum.
The puzzle pieces aren’t an exact fit when comparing Lawrence to either standout, but there’s certainly synergy there. Like both Tannehill and Watson, Lawrence is both big and mobile. Similar to that duo, Lawrence’s ability to pick up yards with his legs is a strong complementary component of his skill set, as opposed to a dominant one a la Lamar Jackson. Lawrence is closer in height and frame to Tannehill (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) than Watson (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), but he has very similar arm strength and ability to drive the ball as both of those players and take their ceilings to another level.
Trevor Lawrence NFL Team Fit
Any team could use him, really.
If Lawrence indeed lands in Jacksonville as is almost universally anticipated, he’ll hardly be starting with an empty cupboard. To begin with, he’ll work under an innovative offensive coach in Urban Meyer, who certainly has the knowledge to help Lawrence maximize his wealth of talent and accelerate what would likely already be a relatively modest learning curve.
The Jaguars will also afford Lawrence a formidable array of weaponry before even factoring in any free-agent acquisitions or draft selections in the second round and beyond. In like to have the likes of running back James Robinson and receivers Laviska Shenault and D.J. Chark already in the fold, Lawrence will have a solid offensive foundation with which to get his NFL legs under him.
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Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft Prediction
1st overall pick: Lawrence is one of the more surefire bets in recent memory to go as the first overall pick, and his chances of going to the Jaguars are almost as likely. There doesn’t seem to be a realistic scenario where Jacksonville or another team trading into the Jaguars’ spot takes any player besides the Clemson superstar, given his pedigree and position.
The biggest danger to Lawrence going at the top of the draft would be another similarly talented quarterback, and as much hype as Ohio State’s Justin Fields and BYU’s Zach Wilson have received, Lawrence is simply on another level.
Trevor Lawrence 2021 Draft Bet
First overall pick (-3000) at BetMGM
Trevor Lawrence: No. 1 NFL Draft Pick
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As just detailed, Lawrence seems like a virtual lock to go at the top of the 2021 NFL Draft. His staunchest competition for that spot would be fellow QBs Wilson or Fields, but neither is a realistic candidate to leapfrog Lawrence, regardless of how the rest of the evaluation period leading up to the draft goes. Despite both quarterbacks being rightfully considered fine prospects, neither is deemed to be anywhere near as NFL ready as Lawrence, who has an experience edge of six college games on Fields and 10 on Wilson.
With as much certainty attached to his draft slotting as any potential first overall pick, Lawrence seems like an extremely strong wager despite the hefty price, as long as you can deal with pennies as a return.
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