Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has said previously that he plans to enter the 2021 NFL Draft after his junior season. But speaking Tuesday, Lawrence left the door open to the possibility of remaining a Clemson Tiger for one more year.
“We’ll just have to see how things unfold,” Lawrence told media Tuesday. “There’s a lot of factors in that. Honestly, really playing this year, putting everything I have into it and not really focusing on next year. If I leave or stay, whatever, obviously I have the option to do either one. Kind of my mindset’s been that I’m gonna move on, but who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”
Lawrence is viewed as the consensus selection with the No. 1 overall pick if he indeed chooses to come out for the 2021 NFL Draft. Right now, that selection would be held by the Jets, an organization in turmoil that likely doesn’t look super welcoming to a top prospect, especially considering the way former top-five pick Sam Darnold has struggled with a lack of talent around him. Some have speculated that if Lawrence does declare for the draft and the Jets do indeed pick first, there’d be the possibility of “pulling an Eli Manning” and requesting an immediate trade away from the team with the top pick.
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Clemson is off to a 6-0 (5-0 in the ACC) start to the season after beating Syracuse on Saturday. The Tigers rank No. 1 in the AP Top 25, ahead of Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Lawrence and Co. will be back in action Saturday at noon at home against Boston College.
Since taking over as Clemson’s starter as a freshman, Lawrence has been viewed as a high-end QB prospect. He’s 6-6, mobile and can make any throw asked of him. He’s even got flowing blonde hair just to top off the entire package.
So far in 2020, Lawrence is the likely front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. Through six games, he’s completed 135-of-191 passes (70.7 percent) for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. Lawrence has also run 29 times for 71 yards and four additional touchdowns.
While Lawrence was noncommittal about his future Tuesday, that’s an easy answer to give for a quarterback in the midst of contending for a national title. Lawrence concluded his answer Tuesday with more thoughts on just controlling what he can control.
“Just really focused on this year, not trying to look ahead, not trying to worry about that; obviously I can’t control it,” Lawrence said. “Really just trusting that God has a plan for me no matter where that is, whether that’s across the country, whether that’s close to home, or I stay another year, no matter what it is, we’ll work it out.”