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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Trevor Lawrence

  • The Draft Network
  • December 20, 2020
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PROSPECT SUMMARY

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is among the most exceptional talents at the quarterback position to ever enter the NFL. He blends elite physical gifts with exceptional football IQ, leadership traits, and intangibles that make him the type of talent that would be the No. 1 overall selection in almost any draft. Lawrence is accurate with the football to all levels of the field and brings a dynamic athletic profile to the table—which allows him to extend plays, work off-script, and present a nightmare for opponents to defend. While Lawrence is a premier talent, he isn’t without room to grow, particularly in terms of consistency working through progressions. With three seasons of experience as the starter at Clemson, which includes a College Football Playoff appearance every year, Lawrence is equipped to take control of an NFL offense from Day 1 and has the upside to become one of the most dynamic players in the entire NFL. 

Ideal Role: Franchise quarterback 

Scheme Fit: Lawrence fits all schemes but his skill set warrants plenty of chances to push the ball down the field and utilize his impressive athleticism. 

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Joe Marino

Games watched: Georgia Tech (2019), Texas A&M (2019), North Carolina (2019), Syracuse (2019), Virginia (2019), Ohio State (2019), LSU (2019), Wake Forest (2020), Miami (2020), Virginia (2020), Virginia Tech (2020), Notre Dame (2020) 

Best Game Studied: Virginia (2020) 

Worst Game Studied: Georgia Tech (2019) 

Accuracy: Lawrence’s ball placement is generally outstanding to all levels of the field and he consistently puts the ball where he intends for it to go. He does well to identify leverage advantages for his targets down the field and places it favorably for them to make plays on the football. Whether it’s under pressure or on the move, it’s difficult to find any scenario where Lawrence’s accuracy dips to a level meriting concern. His consistent ball placement often leads targets into space and maximizes post-catch opportunities for his weapons to work.  

Decision Making: Lawrence does a terrific job of blending being aggressive but also not putting his team in bad positions. While the Clemson offense features plenty of manufactured throws, he is still tasked with his share of progression-style passes where Lawrence showcases his ability to read coverage and go to the proper places with his throws. Lawrence has just the right amount of arrogance to believe he can make every throw, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an occasional risky decision where he is guilty of having too much faith in his arm. 

Poise: Lawrence never appears rattled and panicky. He is patient in the pocket and allows his routes to develop with no signs of getting antsy. He was thrust into action as a prized recruit with a veteran quarterback in the program and there has never been a moment that looks too big for him despite consistently being on the biggest stages college football has to offer. 

Progressions: Lawrence is comfortable going through his reads and working the entire field in terms of depth and width. He is more than willing to take an extra hitch when necessary, remain balanced, and survey the field. Lawrence can be guilty of holding onto his first read for too long and end up tardy to get to his second read. There are reps where it feels like his intentions with the football are predetermined and he doesn’t come off that idea quick enough.

Release: Lawrence’s throwing motion and release are efficient. He quickly snaps off throws with no elongated movement. It’s easy to love how he transitions at the mesh point when executing RPOs and rapidly getting the ball out of his hands. Lawrence does well to throw from a variety of launch points and still get the football where he wants it to go. 

Pocket Manipulation: Lawrence always keeps his eyes down the field and demonstrates comfort making subtle moves within the pocket to avoid rushers and find throwing windows. He is natural when navigating the pocket in every direction. He isn’t quick to feel a clean pocket and his internal clock appears to be programmed correctly. 

Arm Strength: Lawrence has no limitations in the areas of the field he can challenge. He has the ability to work the football down the field and hit outbreaking patterns to the wide side of the field. There are no concerns with his ability to dial up the fastball and fit the ball into tight windows. Lawrence also knows when to take something off his passes and deliver the football with touch. 

Mobility: Lawrence is a terrific athlete that is an outstanding runner with the football, both by design and when he scrambles. His mobility is a major asset in the red zone and the full playbook is always available with Lawrence in the lineup. He is terrific at extending plays and making things happen outside of structure. 

Leadership: Lawrence has thrived in the Clemson culture, leading the Tigers to a National Championship in 2018 and the College Football Playoff in all three of his seasons as the starting quarterback. He demonstrates incredible toughness with how he finishes runs and puts his body on the line for his teammates. Watching the Clemson offense under Lawrence, it’s obvious he is in full control and command of his unit. Lawrence came to Clemson with lofty expectations and he has absolutely met them. 

Throwing Mechanics: Lawrence is deliberate with his lower-body mechanics to set his platform and rotate through throws with ideal weight transfer. He is capable of finding quick platforms and rapidly setting his feet to get the ball out of his hands. He consistently gets himself properly aligned to make accurate throws. 

Prospect Comparison: Andrew Luck (2012 NFL Draft, Indianapolis Colts) 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 93.00/100

Joe Marino: 94.00/100

Kyle Crabbs: 91.50/100

Jordan Reid: 93.50/100

Drae Harris: 93.00/100

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