Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is widely expected to be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft. This is the first time in franchise history the Jaguars will pick No. 1.
While Lawrence will throw for NFL teams on Feb 12, he is set to go under the knife before the 2021 draft, which begins on April 29.
Trevor Lawrence was a superstar in college
Trevor Lawrence started 40 games in college. He threw for 10,098 yards and racked up 90 passing touchdowns while completing 66.6% of his passes. Lawrence only threw 17 interceptions at Clemson and scored 18 rushing touchdowns.
As a freshman, Lawrence led Clemson to the championship over Alabama. He threw for 347 yards and tossed three touchdowns against Nick Saban’s vaunted defense in the National Championship Game.
Even though Lawrence and Clemson lost to LSU in the Championship Game during Trevor’s sophomore season, the 6-foot-6 playmaker will still go down as one of the best gunslingers in college football history.
Lawrence was named the 2020 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2020 ACC Player of the Year. He finished seventh in the Heisman voting in 2019 and second in 2020.
Clemson fans are looking forward to watching Trevor Lawrence in the NFL. The Jaguars are expected to draft the signal-caller with the first overall pick in the 2021 draft. However, could things change after what Lawrence’s reps announced on Friday?
Trevor Lawrence will undergo left shoulder surgery before the 2021 draft
Trevor Lawrence will throw for NFL teams on Feb 12 instead of participating in Clemson’s pro day in March. He will then undergo left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Jaguars fans shouldn’t be too nervous since Lawrence is a righty. However, it’s never good when a player has to have surgery before the draft takes place.
The New York Jets were projected to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft for most of the 2020 season. However, they won two games at the end of the season, which allowed the Jaguars to clinch the worst record in the NFL. The Jets, who need a quarterback like the Jaguars, could take Justin Fields out of Ohio State with the second pick.
Pretty much every draft expert believes Trevor Lawrence is going to be a star in the NFL. His accuracy, decision making, and mobility make him the best quarterback in the 2021 draft class.
The Jaguars need the Clemson QB to save their franchise
The Jaguars hired Urban Meyer as their new head coach. The decorated college coach is being tasked with saving the Jacksonville franchise from mediocrity. Assuming Meyer and Co. draft Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars will finally have a quarterback to build around.
Jacksonville has taken three quarterbacks in the first round: Byron Leftwich (No. 7 in 2003), Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 in 2011), and Blake Bortles (No. 3 in 2014). All three guys were putrid for the Jaguars, but neither of them was a star like Lawrence.
The hope is that Trevor Lawrence will be 100% by the time the Jaguars open training camp. It will be a major shock in league circles if Jacksonville passes on Lawrence for Justin Fields.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.