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Who is… Trevor Lawrence?

I mean the title of the series seems a little daft for this guy. After all, we’ve all heard of him by now. But still… the show must go on! I’ll be digging into his career so far, as we continue this years NFL draft prospect series. In no particular order… #6 Trevor Lawrence.

Trevor Lawrence – QB Clemson

T Law has taken the world of college football by storm. He’s a household name now and a 99% lock for the number one pick unless someone does something really stupid. But let’s take a proper look at his career so far. Find out a little more about him, and continue to prepare you all for the upcoming draft, as the dreams of these young men are realised in April.

Background

Trevor Lawrence grew up in Knoxville Tennessee. He grew up into Tennessee Volunteers football, and as a result, he idolised the abilities of the one and only Peyton Manning. He’d attend games at Neyland stadium, home of the Vols, to watch them play.

His family hired a quarterback trainer by the time Trevor was in the 8th grade, and by the time he got to 10th grade, he was being recruited country wide. Nick Saban was on the phone, along with many other head coaches around the country.

He stood 6’6 already. With a recruitment ranking of 0.9999. In other words. He was perfect in high school, and the whole country of college teams was clambering around to try and get him enrolled at their school.

The offers came from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Miami… the list goes on. He received so many offers and letters, that the mail service had to stop delivering them to the school, and instead sent them to his family home. Bags of them. Trevor Lawrence was at the top of the list before he even got to college, and not much has changed since then…

College

What a college career Trevor Lawrence went on to have. We all knew who he was as a freshman, it didn’t take long. The Clemson Tigers started the year with Kelly Bryant at quarterback. The heir to Deshaun Watsons throne. But Trevor won the job after just four games, having shared snaps with Bryant early on. Kelly Bryant then transferred, and the baton was handed over.

Of course, that turned out to be a pretty good decision by the ol’ Clemson Tigers, because they went 15-0 without dropping a single game, and handed it to Nick Saban and Alabama in the National Championship. They won that game 44-16. Freshman Trevor Lawrence, against the VERY SAME Nick Saban that tried to recruit him to Alabama. 44-16. 347 yards and 3 touchdowns, no picks.

What’s interesting to see here among the strong stats across Trevor’s three years, is the jump in completion percentage in 2020. That says maturity to me. They did of course play less games in 2020 so the touchdowns are lower, but let’s not try to start pretending T Law has regressed in anyway.

In all three seasons with Trevor at the helm, the Tigers made the playoffs. In two of the three seasons, they made the National Championship, and of course they won the title in 2018.

On the way to that title Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers took care of Notre Dame in the semi final, in a 30-3 victory, and then of course, Alabama in the natty.

Although they fell short when they met LSU in the final again in 2020, the comeback in the previous game against Ohio State was impressive in itself. Trevor took a shot to the head, and Clemson found themselves down late in the game. Clemson came back from 16-0 to score 21 points, and T Law and his offence pulled off a last minute drive to take the lead a second time, and ultimately won the game. Trevor proved that night that he could do it under pressure, under the lights, in a critical situation.

So one things for sure, Trevor Lawrence knows how to win. He’s been a huge part of the success of the Clemson Tigers in recent years, as was Deshaun Watson, and i’d argue that Trevor is the slightly more polished quarterback of the two as they made their way into the NFL.

A pure bred 5 star talent since he was in 8th grade, scouts and head coaches haven’t doubted him for a single day. Recruited by every college in the country, and now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in prime position to get him at the next level, he would change that franchise immediately.

Trevor’s a pro. No off the field issues, nothing seems to phase him. All business. There are stories of Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins, who would both turn out to be first round picks on the defensive line, giving Trevor grief in one of his first training sessions, as he ran right into a sack. Both of them letting him know that the hype that came with him out of high school didn’t hold any weight anymore. On the next play, Trevor rolled out, launched a bomb down the field, and closed off the taunting for the day. He was special. Clelin Ferrell said ‘We were trying to break him… but he always stayed even keel’.

And you can see that. He never seems to get riled up. I’ve never seen him throw a tantrum, or lose his temper. Always calm. Knows what he needs to do and trusts himself to get it done. He’s going to be a total asset to whichever team he lands with in the NFL. At the time of writing, that of course is 95% likely to be Jacksonville.

You can read about Trevor Lawrence & his draft profile here:

National Championship offensive MVP in 2018. 3x ACC championship winner. Heisman finalist. National Championship winner. Trevor’s college career is nothing short of excellent, and now it’s his turn to make the move to the pro’s.

He’s a man of faith, a role model and a leader, and got engaged to his long term girlfriend in the summer of 2020. One lucky NFL team is getting a young man who will take the reins and lead. I can’t wait to see him at the next level.

Draft?

If Trevor doesn’t go first overall i’ll eat my shoes, and I feel very strongly that the team that passes on him, if they do, will regret it for a very long time. He has all the tools. The size, the arm talent, the accuracy. Pocket awareness. He can escape and take off if he needs to, having had the nickname crazy legs in high school. He does resemble a young giraffe a little when he runs, but he’s still mobile enough to excel in the modern game. No injury concerns, no red flags. Just a pure talent. A blue chip stock, if you will.

Pairing him with Urban Meyer, a legendary college head coach, with no NFL experience, should mean that the Jacksonville Jaguars become a very interesting team to watch, with a college type vibe to their offence. If he goes anywhere else, it’ll take a blockbuster trade, or something crazy to happen.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think Trevor Lawrence really could be the next superstar of the NFL. Number one picks of course, have the ability to be great. But i’d put Trevor Lawrence above anybody else to rival those at the top of the game right now. If you’re talking Patrick Mahomes being the tip of the mountain, i like Trevor to achieve superstar status too. With his golden locks, he’s got a little rockstar about him, and he’ll handle it with poise and maturity, just like Mahomes.

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