It’s practically a done deal at this point – draft expert Mel Kiper “guarantees” Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Lawrence has been coined a “generational talent” since his high schools days. His college career has only reaffirmed the praise. Lawrence is the best quarterback in college football, above the likes of Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
That isn’t to say Lawrence is a perfect prospect, though. Kiper doesn’t believe the Clemson quarterback has anything left to prove, but he would like to see him play better in big games.
But whether he plays well or not in the big games won’t change much come draft time. Kiper thinks it’s a guarantee at this point that Lawrence will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
“Well it’s not work’ for him, it’s just playing better in the big games … It’s getting nitpicky, but 18-for-37 against LSU’s talent-laden defense, which you last remember on that big stage, and then 18-for-33 against Ohio State and struggling until Shaun Wade was ejected,” Kiper Jr. said, via 247Sports. “He had 107 yards rushing in that victory after they were down earlier. You have Miami coming up, Notre Dame in early November and then the playoff — see how he does there. But he’s considered can’t-miss for obvious reasons. He’s going to be the No. 1 pick overall, that’s a guarantee, and he’s special. But you obviously want to see him play a little bit better than he did against LSU on that big stage.”
Right now, it looks like the Giants, Jets and Washington Football Team will be in contention for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
It’d be quite a change if Trevor Lawrence goes from playing with one of the best rosters in college football to be playing with one of the worst in the NFL. But such is the reality of being a top NFL Draft prospect.
For now, Lawrence is focused on winning the ACC and making a championship run.