27 Nov 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

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Junior | 6′ 6″, 220 lbs | October 6, 1999 | Cartersville, GA

An ideal QB specimen with top teir arm strength, high football IQ, and a history of success.

He has been hailed as the second coming since he was in high school, and he has the hair to go along it. Trevor Lawrence had some people saying he was ready to start in the NFL while he was still in the middle of his senior season at Cartersville High School, and has been solidified as the top pick in 2021 since then in the eyes of many. His freshman season at Clemson went about as well as most people thought it would, but his sophomore season was a little bit bumpier. Going into what is almost certainly his final year at Clemson, Lawrence looks to silence any critics and prove that he is what they originally thought he was: a generational talent.

Strengths:

  • Elite Arm Talent: touch, zip, tight spiral, distance
  • Goes Through Progressions
  • Always looking to make a play
  • Pocket Awareness
  • Not afraid to throw the check down and let his guys make a play
  • Ideal Body Composition
  • Winning Mentality
  • Exceptional runner for his size
  • Smart Pulls in Read Option and RPOs
  • Effortless/Smooth Throwing Motion

Areas To Improve:

  • Lead receivers and hit in stride more often
  • Manipulate DBs with eyes more (flashes it but inconsistent)
  • Trusts his arm too much on occasion, can lead to forced throws
  • Regain the big game performance of 2018

Way Too Early Projection:

Lawrence has long been considered the most can’t miss prospect at QB since Andrew Luck or even Peyton Manning, but his apparent struggles in 2019 have made some question whether that is the case. The tools are all present, there is not a doubt about that. Any team would be happy to have him as their franchise centerpiece, that has been apparent since he before stepped off the field at the 2018 CFP National Championsip. If he plays remotely close to the astronomical level that people expect of him, he will be the 1st Overall Pick and a Day 1 starter with All-Pro expectations down the road.

What To Watch For:

During his sophomore season, Lawrence supposedly took a step back. He threw more interceptions, completed almost the exact same percentage of his passes, and didn’t have the same big game performances as he did in 2018. While all of this could be considered not taking a step forward, he did not have a bad season and showed improvement as it progressed. All of his interceptions came in the first 7 games, which means he didn’t throw an interception in the entire last half of his season. He showcased his athleticism and that he can be a threat as a runner, which many people didn’t expect from someone of his size. Yes its true that he didn’t take the giant step forward in 2019 that everyone expected, but he still showed that he can be a great quarterback that can win football games for his team. If Trevor Lawrence can just play his game and do what he is capable of in 2020, expect nothing less than a big season down in Clemson, SC.

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