2021 NFL Draft Prospect - QB Trevor Lawrence
2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report:
Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
6’6” 220 lbs.
21 years old DOB 10/6/99
Alright Fantasyholics, lets talk about the biggest name in the 2021 draft. The reason Urban Meyer came back to the NFL. The reason that the NFL draft basically starts at pick 2 this year, Trevor Lawrence. Every so often we hear about “generational” talents or the best prospect since such and such etc. I am by no means a college talent evaluator or scout, nor do I know about the little tiny aspects that separate a really good QB prospect from the likes of John Elway or Andrew Luck. However I know how to use Google and find out what the top minds in the real NFL and the fantasy industry think about Lawrence and all I can say is wow.
Lawrence has the prototype size that not many QBs have, but his pinpoint accuracy, arm strength and mobility/speed/agility, combined with his decision making on when to tuck it and run are what sets him apart from 99 percent of QB prospects.
Ray Garvin of Destination Devy and the Fantasypros dynasty pod said Lawrence is the best QB prospect he has ever scouted. Garvin is a guy who starts scouting prospects for fantasy purposes at the high school level and I take his opinions to heart. He is just one take but I encourage you all to do some digging on Lawrence. Spoiler alert: its all good.
For redraft fantasy I would take a shot on him as a late round backup or streamer just in case he goes off as a rookie. In single QB dynasty leagues I will consider him in the back end of round 1 or top of round 2. In dynasty Superflex he is the most clear pick 1.01 in a long time.
By far the most difficult part of scouting Lawrence was finding the negatives.
Trust me when I tell you I am splitting hairs here and there is pretty much nothing I found that sours me on Lawrence being a stud at the next level but here is what I got.
Lawrence lost 2 of the 3 biggest games of his career. He put up ridiculous stats in the game vs. Ohio State this past year. I would credit the Buckeyes much more than I would blame Lawrence for that one. However in the 2019 title game vs. LSU and Joe Burrow, Lawrence had maybe his worst performance ever. 48 percent completion percentage and no passing TDs.
Again we are splitting hairs here but if you want to play devils advocate you can say he looks his worst in big pressure games. That could be a problem playing against the best completion on earth on the biggest stage every Sunday. The only other knock I saw any experts give him was that he showed a little Brett Favre gunslinger tendencies and forced some throws into great coverage that should have just been thrown away.
There really is not very much else to say about this kid that hasn’t already been said over the last 3 years. There is no such thing as a “sure thing” when it comes to the NFL. What I can say is that it would be much more of a shock if Lawrence busts rather than becomes a stud at the next level.