The NFL waited multiple years for this, but Trevor Lawrence is finally eligible for the NFL Draft where he is largely expected to be the No. 1 overall selection later this month. As a three-year starter for the Clemson Tigers, Lawrence did just about everything that could be asked from a quarterback at the college level, and he’s ready to lead an NFL team.
In college, Lawrence played in 40 games, threw for more than 10,000 yards and completed 66.6% of his passes over his three seasons. He threw for 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and rushed for 943 yards with 18 rushing scores. Clemson finished 34-2 in games Lawrence started, and they won the national championship in his true freshman season.
Lawrence is about as polished as a quarterback can be before even entering the NFL. If not for the league’s rule that a player must be three years out of high school before declaring, he may have been the top pick in previous draft classes. Lawrence has the ideal size for a quarterback at 6-foot-6 and is athletic enough to keep plays alive and make plays in scramble situations. He is an accurate passer with the ability to drive the ball down the field on deep routes.
If there is anything that can be improved as he enters the NFL, it’s going through progressions because wide receivers will not be as open as they were in college. It will be a real test when he’s not on an offense with much more talent than the opposing defense has.
Mock Draft landing spots
Just about every mock draft you’ll find across the internet from major publications has Lawrence as the No. 1 overall pick heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars to team up with their new head coach Urban Meyer. It would be as big of a surprise as you’ll see on draft day if his name is not heard when Roger Goodell announces the first pick of the draft.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
Lawrence will be an interesting decision for fantasy owners to make in his rookie season, but he should grab a hold of the No. 1 quarterback job in Jacksonville early. If he isn’t QB1 from the start of the season, he will take over shortly thereafter. Quarterbacks don’t typically see immediate success in Year 1, and there are going to be much better options across the league. The Jaguars do not have an elite No. 1 wide receiver or even one that ranks inside the top 30 in many wide receiver rankings for fantasy purposes. Keep expectations relatively low for Lawrence’s rookie season.
Fantasy impact: Career
The sky is the limit for what Lawrence can do. For as much hype he is getting, there should be massive expectations for his career upside for fantasy football players. Jacksonville has a decent amount of young talent at the wide receiver position and if they can get on the same page early, Lawrence could get a head start in what should be a fantastic career as a quarterback in the NFL.