Trevor Lawrence remains a strong best bet for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The former Clemson quarterback will get a chance to confirm that status one more time on the field by performing well in his early and only pre-draft workout.
Lawrence should draw the attention of the first-picking Jaguars and several other teams with league scouts, executives talent evaluators taking close watch on Friday. Instead of waiting until Clemson’s official pro day on March 11 when the program’s other top prospects will work out, Lawrence will go through his passing drills a month ahead of time.
With no central NFL Scouting Combine this year because of more COVID-19 safety protocols, this will be the lone pre-draft look the NFL will get at Lawrence. After his workout, he soon will be having surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder to repair a injured labrum. from which he will need to time to recover ahead of when Jacksonville goes on the clock on April 29.
Here’s how you can watch Lawrence in action and what to look for in his personal pro day:
When is Trevor Lawrence’s pro day?
- Date: Friday, Feb. 12
- Time: 10 a.m. ET
Lawrence will be doing his throwing and running this Friday, Feb 12. He will be back in action where he practiced for many years with the Tigers, at Clemson’s Poe Indoor Facility. The workout is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET.
How to watch Trevor Lawrence’s pro day
You can watch Lawrence work out live in one of two ways. The ACC Network will broadcast the event starting at 10 a.m. ET Friday with a simulcast on ESPN2, dubbing it “All ACC: Trevor Lawrence Pro Day Special.” Rece Davis will host the hour-long show from ESPN’s home in Bristol, CT. ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay will be on site to report. Former college and NFL players Tim Hasselbeck, David Pollack and EJ Manuel also will contribute in the crossover production.
The NFL Network also will have its own live coverage with “The Path to the Draft Pro Day Special: Trevor Lawrence” presented by Verizon, with analysis from its draft expert, Daniel Jeremiah, among others.
What to watch from Trevor Lawrence during his pro day
Lawrence doesn’t need to pass to familiar receivers without facing a real defense to prove he has a big arm and can make all the necessary NFL throws with needed velocity and accuracy. He’s been showing that for three full successful seasons at Clemson against the highest levels of college competition, stamped by championship-caliber leadership.
The biggest aspect of Lawrence’s workout is that he’s holding it at all. With BYU’s Zach Wilson emerging as a rival top prospect with his athletic skill set and intangibles, Lawrence is confirming his fiery competitiveness and work ethic by wanting to show what he has much earlier than usual in the pre-draft process.
If you don’t follow college football and simply want to see Lawrence’s immense physical gifts and impressive frame at 6-6, 220 pounds for the first time, this would be the showcase for you. Jaguars fans should be pumped to see their future franchise leader in action as turns the corner to all-time college recruit to can’t-miss NFL prospect.
Lawrence shouldn’t be affected throwing with his right shoulder and he won’t be taking any hits. He won’t be scrambling around wild out of the pocket, but his footwork, mobility and mechanics should be on full display. There’s no reason to think Lawrence will do anything to hurt his status, but rather remind everyone who thinks he shouldn’t go to Jacksonville ahead of Wilson and everyone else — such as former NFL QBs Brett Favre and Joe Theismann — that they’re 100 percent wrong.
What is Trevor Lawrence’s injury?
The news of Lawrence’s injury was a bit of a surprise when it came down last Friday, Feb. 6, which accelerated the need for him to conduct a solo Clemson pro day. The expectation is that Lawrence will be ready for regular football activities well before his first NFL training camp in July. A typical timetable to recover from a labrum repair is 6-to-8 weeks.
By moving up his pro day a month, Lawrence is expediting that process with earlier surgery. That should put him on track to be near full strength by late April, just in time for the draft. The Jaguars should have zero concern that the injury will in any way derail the start of a promising NFL career for Lawrence.
Trevor Lawrence’s 2021 NFL Draft projection
Lawrence keeps on getting attached to the Jaguars in Sporting News’ NFL mock drafts. That hasn’t changed since the Jaguars jumped the Jets for the No. 1 overall pick. The hiring of Urban Meyer as coach and main personnel evaluator caused little reason to doubt Lawrence is still the pick for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars need a quarterback and Lawrence is a rare physical specimen and a generational talent for the position. The teams picking not long after them will check out the workout just in case, but most will accept the fact they are advance scouting for next season. Meanwhile, Meyer and his coaching staff can continue to think about how to help Lawrence thrive as a pro sooner rather than later.