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Trevor Lawrence: 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report and Player Review

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By khull1435 June 7, 2020 0 Comment
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Trevor Lawrence is the projected number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. What exactly makes him so special? Allow the game film to answer that.

Clemson Tigers football is a national powerhouse. Head coach Dabo Swinney is nothing short of an outstanding head football coach, with the help of his elite coaching staff and dominant performances by his players. Currently, the most common player that comes to mind when discussing the Tigers is quarterback phenom, Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence made national headlines his freshman season after dominating Alabama in the 2018-2019 National Championship game. Lawrence threw for 347 yards off of a 62.5 completion percentage and combined for 3 passing touchdowns. Since this game, Lawrence made a name for himself as the top quarterback in college football.

In the 2019 season, Lawrence started out slower than expected, throwing for eight interceptions in Clemson’s first eight games. But then, Lawrence flipped a switch. He threw for 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the final seven games of the season. Reaching the national championship game again was no problem for Lawrence.

In college, Lawrence owns a 25-1 overall record as a starter with his only loss coming in the 2019-2020 National Championship game against the LSU Tigers. Based on these stats above, there is no question that Lawrence oozes first-round potential as well as the potential to be the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Evaluating Trevor Lawrence’s strengths and weaknesses

Lawrence owns plenty of traits that give him the hype he deserves. So what exactly does Lawrence do at a high level, and what are some things he needs to work on? Remember, the film does not lie.

Accuracy

Accuracy takes a quarterback a long way. Anyone who watches football knows a quarterback needs to consistently hit his teammates right in the hands, away from the defender’s reach. Typically, you see Lawrence put the ball right where it needs to be on the shorter-range throws (out routes, slants, etc.).

His short-area throws have some zip to them, as do his intermediate-to-mediate throws across the field.  However, Lawrence showed inconsistency on his deep throws down the field from time to time. When studying Lawrence, it is obvious the arm talent is there, but some reason it doesn’t always translate when he slings it deep. Below are two videos that show the inconsistency in his deep ball.

Here, Lawrence throws the ball deep to former teammate Tee Higgins, and puts in a place that makes it hard to defend, and a good angle for Higgins to make the proper adjustment – talk about being on the same page. Lawrence puts the ball at an angle that makes it an easy adjustment for Higgins to catch it, and hard for the defender to make a play.

In this play above, it is clear that Lawrence completely under-throws his target and loses out on a touchdown opportunity. As stated earlier, the arm strength is there, he just lacks consistency on random occurrences. His mechanics are spot on, but he simply under-throws a perfect deep route. There is not a lot to say about this miscue other than Lawrence missed an opportunity to add six to the scoreboard and probably would love to have that throw back.

After evaluating his tape, it is hard to say Lawrence has poor accuracy, it just shows that he missed out on some long balls from time to time. There is nothing too concerning when he throws it long, but paying attention to his deep throws in 2020 may be interesting to watch. Nonetheless, the sky is the limit for Lawrence.

Trevor Lawrence, the leader

When listening to any given interview with Lawrence, it is evident that this man is a leader. Lawrence is vocal towards praising his teammates and never puts the blame anywhere but himself.  As a quarterback, being a leader is extremely important. It is evident that Lawrence carries a special leadership quality, an infectious leadership quality at that.

A quarterback can own all of the physical traits in the world but lack the leadership and poise concepts. A poor attitude can easily slow down the team/player development and can create tension between the quarterback’s teammates and coaches. Obviously, this is not the case for Lawrence.

Arm Talent

As stated above, Lawrence showed a little inconsistency when throwing it deep. However, his short and medium throws are typically on the dot. Defenses have to respect his arm talent constantly. If there is no window to fit the ball to his receivers, he usually finds a way to create the window in ways that are honestly very incredible.

Lawrence has the ability to make every throw look easy. Whether on the run or throwing with planted feet, Lawrence has the gift to get the ball to his receivers in awkward ways. He does not need a whole lot of time and space to make throws down the field. Throws such as the one below require A-grade arm strength. His ability to extend plays is worth noting as well.

Pocket presence and mobility

Lawrence had a capable offensive line in front of him in his first two seasons as a starter. His line gave him great pockets to sit in comfortably and make the correct reads. But, of course, an offensive line will not create a perfect pocket every single snap. Does that tend to bother Lawrence? Not usually.

Example A is below. Lawrence is very good at making something out of nothing. When the pocket collapses, Lawrence senses all of the pressure and finds the open spot behind the line of scrimmage. It was said earlier, he can throw from any platform. In this video below, Lawrence steps up into the pocket with his momentum going forward, and finds his receiver for six.

His freshman year, Lawrence sometimes would leave the pocket early, and rely on his east/west movement to get away from pressure. Sometimes, this got him into a pickle, as he tended to drift away from the line of scrimmage which causes a throw-away, or a loss of yardage. Lawrence fixed this the more experience he got behind center.

Lawrence displayed his mobility quite a bit last season. He possesses sneaky athleticism. It is a thing of beauty to see a 6’6″ quarterback tuck the ball and run with impressive speed as he does. All Lawrence fanatics/Clemson fans think of one certain play when Lawrence showed his mobility – a play against the Ohio State Buckeyes that helped Clemson punch their ticket to the 2019-2020 National Championship game.

In this video above, Lawrence reads his receiver downfield, which sets up a hole for him to take off. Once he gets beyond the pass rush and outside of the box, he had to make a few people miss, including the safety, whose job is to clean up anything that gets beyond the given defensive pressure. But, Lawrence pretty much embarrasses the safety and others and took it to the house for a touchdown. When a quarterback is mobile, coaches can open up their playbook even more.

Conclusion: Trevor Lawrence is a generational talent

Lawrence possesses a majority of the traits to be a successful NFL quarterback: Size, speed, arm talent, accuracy, and leadership. There will be a few players looking to be the number one pick next season, but as of now, Lawrence has the edge. In my opinion, Lawrence is better overall than Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa, which would have made him the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

There are arguments that Lawrence only succeeds because of the excellent play-makers he has on the field with him. Does the talent help him? Of course, it does. But, is it the only reason he has only lost one game in college? Nope. Lawrence is a generational quarterback. The man possesses so much talent, a special overall talent college football fans have not seen for a while.  Just by looking at him, it is easy to tell that he will be an NFL starting quarterback for years to come.

Whether it is the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Washington Redskins, or another team – whoever is on the clock with the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, I put my money on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce Lawrence first. In 2020 the phrase was “Tank for Tua”. Consider 2021 to be “Tank for Trevor”.

It will be interesting to see how fast Lawrence gets rolling next season as all eyes will be on him. The generational quarterback is likely entering his final year in college. He has the hype surrounding him – he knows where his future lies. Is there any way Lawrence elevates his game even more next season? Possibly, but one thing is for sure: Trevor Lawrence is an NFL star in the making.

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