Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

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By Mitchell Wolfe April 1, 2021 0 Comment
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Trevor Lawrence is a 2021 NFL Draft QB Prospect

Trevor Lawrence is a quarterback from Clemson and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Lawrence started 10 of Clemson’s 12 games during the 2020 season, as he missed two games due to COVID. In those 10 games, he completed 231 of his 344 passes (69.2%) for 3154 yards and 24 touchdowns with five interceptions. Lawrence earned a passer rating of 169.2 for the 2020 season; he also added 203 yards rushing on 68 carries (3.0 YPC) with eight touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, Lawrence finished as the eighth-highest-graded quarterback (minimum 100 dropbacks) with an Offensive grade of 91.2 (90.3 Passing, 74.0 Rushing, and 46.8 Fumbling).

Lawrence became a well-known and highly-coveted commodity early in his high school career. He earned the starting QB job as a freshman and compiled a 52-2 record as a starter; his only two losses came in the state title games, but he still won two state titles the other seasons. After breaking most of Deshaun Watson’s high school records, Lawrence earned a consensus five-star rating and was a top-two prospect in Georgia and as a quarterback, dueling for the top spot with Justin Fields. After earning nearly 25 scholarship offers, Lawrence chose to follow in Watson’s footsteps to Clemson University.

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Lawrence faced stiff competition when he arrived at Clemson. Senior Kelly Bryant just led Clemson to the College Football Playoff and Hunter Johnson, a former five-star recruit and top quarterback in his recruiting class, sat atop him on the depth chart. However, Lawrence quickly beat out Johnson for the backup job, causing him to transfer, and Dabo Swinney indicated Lawrence would get some reps in a rotation with Bryant.

After four games of this rotation, Swinney announced that Lawrence would be the full-time start going forward, causing Bryant to transfer as well. Swinney’s decision bore fruit, as Lawrence led Clemson to an undefeated season and their second national championship in three years, handily defeating Alabama. Lawrence earned Second-Team All-ACC and Freshman All-American honors, as well as ACC Rookie of the Year. Some speculated that he could break the three-year rule and enter the draft after only one year in college.

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Lawrence decided not to establish a new precedent and returned to the Tigers in 2019. He led them to another undefeated regular season and earned First-Team All-ACC honors, along with finishing as a semi-finalist for the major college football quarterback awards. Lawrence suffered his first collegiate loss in the national championship to Joe Burrow and LSU. Going into the 2020 season, Lawrence was the presumed favorite to win the Heisman trophy, and many expected him to lead Clemson to another national championship game.

Unfortunately, the global pandemic of COVID-19 put the season in jeopardy. Along with his former rival Justin Fields, Lawrence was among the most outspoken players behind the #WeWantToPlay movement. His voice helped motivate the NCAA and the conferences to find a way to bring college football back. Unsurprisingly, Lawrence and the Tigers got off to a hot start. However, after their sixth game against Syracuse, Clemson announced that Lawrence had tested positive for COVID-19; due to the protocols, Lawrence would miss the next two games. His heir, DJ Uiagalelei, played well in relief to help the Tigers past a nail-biter against Boston College. Uiagalelei and Clemson would go on to lose to Notre Dame the next week in double overtime.

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Lawrence came back off the COVID list and did not miss a beat. He led Clemson to three straight dominant victories, including avenging their loss to Notre Dame by defeating the Fighting Irish in the ACC Championship to clinch Lawrence’s third straight appearance in the College Football Playoff. In a surprising upset, Lawrence lost to Justin Fields and Ohio State in the CFP semifinal; Clemson’s offense could not get going due in part to the absence of offensive coordinator Tony Elliott. Lawrence finished as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy but won ACC Player of the Year and secured some Third-Team All-American honors. After one of the most successful careers in college football history, Lawrence finally declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

In the NFL, Lawrence projects as an immediate starting quarterback that can shift a franchise’s direction. He is one of the best draft prospects in the last decade and even in the 21st century. Lawrence possesses all the necessary physical tools to succeed in any offensive system; he is also an exceptional leader, motivator, and role model. Clemson’s offense did not ask much of him mentally, so there may be some minor growing pains of adjusting to NFL speed and an NFL offense. But there is nothing to suggest that Lawrence is not up to the challenge.

Scouting Capsule

Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Kyle Fahey, Daniel Kitchen, and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements & Pro Day

At Clemson, Trevor Lawrence was listed at 6’6″ and 220 pounds. Lawrence elected to hold a private workout before Clemson’s pro day, as he wanted teams to have the opportunity to see him throw before having surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. At this workout, Lawrence measured in at 6 feet, and 5 5/8 inches (6055), and 213 pounds; his hands are 10″, his arms 34 1/2″, and his wingspan 78 1/4″. He did not participate in the typical pro-day drills.

Trevor Lawrence Highlights

Strengths

  • Good mental processing, both pre-and post-snap: displays ability to set protections, make checks and audibles at the line; makes decisions quickly on short throws, anticipates windows on intermediate throws.
  • Excellent poise in the pocket, as he feels pressure but does not panic from it; calmly makes his reads, knows where his check-down is and when he needs to bail from the pocket; very willing to throw into pressure and take hits.
  • Very good accuracy to almost all areas of the field: delivers ball with good timing to maximize YAC opportunities and can fit the ball into tight windows.
  • He has very good arm strength with lots of zip on his short throws, can fit balls into tight windows over the middle; throws intermediate out-breaking routes on a rope, and can deliver the ball deep down the field.
  • Mechanics are excellent (foot placement, body alignment, follow-through), but he is not reliant on them; can make throws to most areas of the field while outside the pocket and on the move or off-platform.
  • Outstanding athletic ability: can be a threat on option plays and designed runs with solid agility in the open field and deceptive long speed.
  • Possesses all the off-field intangibles to be a long-term star and face of the franchise; physically tough, willing to take hits and fight through injuries; winners mentality but does not get flustered; quickly became one of the principal leaders for Clemson as true freshman; football is his life.

Weaknesses

  • Clemson’s offense did not ask much of him: simplistic and mirrored concepts, lots of half-field reads and RPOs; trusted in his arm/receivers too much sometimes and forced unnecessary/bad throws.
  • He does not have truly elite arm strength (a la Matthew Stafford, Patrick Mahomes); deep balls occasionally flutter and lose some accuracy.
  • He has some issues with fumbles (10 career, 7 lost); hand size not the issue, but carelessness with the ball, as he was perhaps trying to play hero ball sometimes and holding on too long.

Trevor Lawrence NFL Comparison

Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts, 2012 – 2018)

Daniel Jones (New York Giants, 2018 – Present)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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