A little over a month before the draft (April 29), the editorial staff of touchdownactu offers you its annual « draft sheet ». 80 players, 40 on offense and 40 on defense, among the best university players who will delight your favorite NFL team in 2021.
Trevor Lawrence – Quarterback – Clemson
Cut : 1m98
Weight: 100 kilos
Estimated position in the draft: 1st choice
2020 stats: 3,153 yards for 24 TDs and 5 INTs, 68% completions. 203 yards and 8 TDs on the ground.
NFL Comparison: Andrew luck
– The whole playbook
– Mobility if needed
– Emotional management
Some quarterbacks deliver reliable play with precision, others have a strong arm that can attack depth or have the legs to create differences on the ground. Trevor Lawrence has it all. He knows how to be precise (68% of completions) and he knows how to play both short and long (9.3 yards average per completion). For two seasons, he has added the possibility of gaining yards and registering TDs in the race (9 in 2019 and 8 in 2020).
Probably number 1 in the draft, he will be under pressure as soon as he arrives in the NFL. In the spotlight since he was 14, Trevor Lawrence has shown he knows how to handle pressure, progressing and supporting his teams. With Clemson, his coach did not hesitate to make him attempt all throws, including the riskiest. If it resulted in a little waste, it also made the university very successful. Being « the face of the franchise » will not impress him in the NFL, scrutinized from every angle and hyper exposed in the media for years, Trevor Lawrence has responded at every level. Few doubts remain about his success among the pros.
– Under pressure
– Decisive drive
In 2020, Trevor Lawrence had never had such a young and therefore underperforming offensive line. This was felt on his game when under the opposing pressure: his rating when under pressure is less good than those of Justin Fields, Zach Wilson or Mac Jones. In the NFL, he will not have the best offensive line in front of him (Jaguars) and will face faster and more seasoned defenders. He is arguably the best quarterback to come out of college in years, but in 2021 he will be a rookie and make mistakes.
With a Clemson team dominating the vast majority of the 40 games Trevor Lawrence played there, he didn’t have the chance to have to drive a final drive to snatch a win. Or rather, only once: against North Carolina in 2019. This does not mean that he is not capable of it but this situation, which he will inevitably find in the NFL, will be like a novelty for him.
Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets
High school rookie number 1 then college rookie number 1, barring an improbable surprise, he will be the number 1 choice in the NFL draft. Below, a video from 2014, when he had not yet entered high school: he was already in the spotlight.