Athlon Sports' No. 1 overall prospect in this year's draft is expected to be the first pick by Jacksonville
It's pretty much a given that the Jacksonville Jaguars will take Trevor Lawrence with the first pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. A three-year standout for the Clemson Tigers, Lawrence is not just Athlon Sports' top quarterback in this year's draft, he's also the No. 1 overall prospect, and it's pretty easy to understand why. A national champion as a true freshman, Lawrence lost just two games in three seasons as a starter while leading Clemson to three straight ACC titles and College Football Playoff appearances.
So what are the Jaguars getting in Lawrence?
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Trevor Lawrence Draft Profile
Lawrence is big and athletic, with plus arm talent and few of the “big man” problems that often plague taller QBs. Operating in the pocket, he’ll scan the field and move through progressions with good tempo; he rarely breaks down in the pocket when he doesn’t have to. His release is quick and his mechanics quiet. The ball spins off his hand with ease, and his arm talent shines when he’s unable to step into throws. His eyes are always upfield, he keeps the ball in throwing position and he can extend plays within the pocket. His feel for back-shoulder ball placement is excellent. When he is flushed, or when he leaves the pocket by design, he’s as good as it gets on the move. He throws with accuracy and zip on shorter and intermediate throws and is capable of delivering to the deep and deep-intermediate levels, putting a lot of stress on opposing defenses. He’s exceptionally good throwing on the move to his left. He’s dangerous as a scrambler and will make plays in the read-option game. He also has the size and feel as a runner to be used on some QB power. He stepped onto college football’s biggest stage as a true freshman and finished the year by destroying Nick Saban’s Alabama defense in the national title game.
His ball placement on in-breaking routes can be a bit off, often behind the (quite forgiving) targets he had at Clemson. He was guilty of trying to do too much in Clemson’s season-ending losses the past two years, when his offensive line was unable to protect him; it led to unnecessary turnovers.
He’s the best prospect to come into the draft since Andrew Luck. Stylistically, you can build any kind of offense you want around Lawrence.
Final Grade: Top-5 pick