The man, they myth, the hair “T-Law” Trevor Lawrence has been at the top of draft boards since the culmination of his sophomore year and he is still largely expected to be the newest member of the Jacksonville Jaguars who own the coveted number one overall spot in the NFL Draft in April.
College and the Emergence of “T-Law”
Trevor Lawrence began his Clemson career in 2018 and he threw for 3,280 yards, 30 TDs, and four INTs. As a freshman, Lawrence took over the starting gig after Dabo Swinney shifted away from then QB Kelly Bryant and Lawrence took the opportunity and ran, literally. Lawrence isn’t fully a dual threat QB, but he can extend plays on the ground if he needs to and in that 2018 seasons, he ran 60 times for 177 yards and a TD. Lawrence helped Clemson finish its fully undefeated season winning the National Championship in 2019.
All eyes were on Lawrence for his sophomore year campaign to see if he could maintain his hot start to his collegiate career or to see if teams had time to adjust to him with more tape. It was definitely the former. Lawrence helped the Tigers to a second straight undefeated regular season, although this time they were bested in the 2020 National Championship by Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers. During that 2019 season though, Lawrence threw for 3,665 yards, 36 TDs, and eight INTs. This season was also where Lawrence really showed he could use his legs if and when needed. He ran the ball 103 times for 563 yards and nine TDs.
In his third and final season, Lawrence finally missed some games due to testing positive for Covid-19 showing he wasn’t an immortal football robot. Still though, playing in 10 games this past season, Lawrence still threw for 3,153 yards, 24 TDs, and five INTS. He still managed to run the ball 68 times for 203 yards, and eight TDs on the ground. His final performance in this year’s Sugar Bowl is going to be hard to forget. Sure, there were times he looked a little off or rattled, but his final stat line was 400 yards passing for two TDs and an INT.
In February of 2021, Lawrence had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, but reports are expecting that he will be ready to go for his first NFL training camp.
What is Lawrence’s value?
Lawrence is going to be a prime candidate for me that it is going to depend on where he goes…kinda. He is going to be a top-QB pick and has the tools to be successful with some tinkering at the next level. It’s also surprising how polarizing he has become with people breaking down his footage with a magnifying glass to find flaws. For a long time he was assumed to be the #1 overall draft choice, but with Justin Fields shining in the College Football Playoffs this year, social media is in a frenzy trying to prove he should be the Jaguars QB of the future.
The tricky part is, whomever gets taken #1 is going to have virtually no competition to an instant starting gig for the Jaguars, while the NY Jets have the #2 pick and currently still have incumbent QB Sam Darnold on their roster. For me, whichever player ends up on the Jags, is going to be the QB1 in this class until Sam Darnold gets officially moved. For Lawrence lovers, hopefully that will be him.