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The Draft Scout Sneak Peek: Scouting Trevor Lawrence
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Name: Trevor Lawrence
Weight: 220 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 1 overall
Position Rank: QB1
Strengths: Lawrence is an elite prospect possessing all the tools of a franchise quarterback with high-end potential to become one of the NFL’s best passers. He’s physically gifted with a 6’6” frame that could add more bulk and weight as time passes. He’s athletic enough to be a threat on designed runs and when the pocket breaks down; showing mobility that makes him a creator on the move. Lawrence has enough arm strength to press defenses and reach every area of the field with his arm. He’s confident and will challenge tight windows in coverage and can ‘throw his man open’ or thread the needle. His accuracy shows up at every level of the field with the soft touch to lead receivers over the top but enough velocity and strength to rifle the ball to receivers on underneath and out routes. His touch, timing and accuracy are ideal. As an athlete, Lawrence has the ability to fit into any NFL scheme. He can play from a deep pocket and operate like a point guard distributing the ball but has shown the skills to also play well in a run-heavy offense that sees him working as a primary runner and moving pocket passer. His versatility, toughness and natural feel for the game are exciting. Field vision is a notable strength for Lawrence as both a pocket passer and on the move. He doesn’t let defenses dictate where his eyes are and has shown comfort throwing off platform and on the move.
Weaknesses: 2019 tape showed issues with ball placement outside the hashes. Can get stuck with his feet in the mud in the pocket and lock too long onto his first read. Looks for the called read over creating and challenging secondary reads. Arm strength is very good but not great and will occasionally underthrow on deep balls and can send passes low on balls thrown opposite hash. Ball security popped up as an issue when trying to extend the play—must better secure the ball when moving in/out of the pocket.
NFL Comparison: Andrew Luck
Position Specific Traits:
Arm Strength: ++
Athletic Ability: ++
Field Vision: +++
Football IQ: +++
Pocket Presence: ++
Processing Speed: +++