Trevor Lawrence is worth tanking for in the 2021 NFL Draft.
From the moment Trevor Lawrence arrived at Clemson in 2018 as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class, people expected him to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. And now that he’s about to enter his true junior season with the Tigers, that hasn’t changed. Barring a major change from him or his peers, Trevor Lawrence will be the first player to hear his name called in the 2021 NFL Draft.
While the last game Lawrence played, the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against LSU, was arguably the worst of his college career, it was also the first time he’s lost as a starter in college and, actually, in his life. The quarterback’s talent level is unbelievable as he looks as if he was built in a lab to play the position.
Standing at 6-6, Lawrence has the arm strength to make any throw on the field but also has shocking athleticism and agility given his frame. He can take off and move while creating space to throw with his legs as well. He’s gotten better over his two seasons starting, which is saying something for a player who already has a National Championship and a runner-up finish to his credit.
Of course, no college prospect, especially at quarterback, is perfect. Lawrence’s technical approach can get a bit sloppy at times, which is likely a product of him getting by with his talent. Moreover, he’s had to grow in terms of handling pressure and will need to continue to do so. But overall, he’s the QB1 in the 2021 NFL Draft and the type of player that can change an NFL franchise.
Tanking is a dirty word in the NFL but there are certain prospects that are worth tanking — or something close to it — for. And while not every team that could use a franchise-changing quarterback is in a position to tank, there are plenty who should. In particular, these five teams should have eyes on “tanking for Trevor Lawrence” in the 2021 NFL Draft.