Is Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence worth tanking for?

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Is Trevor Lawrence worth tanking for?

Even though Trevor Lawrence fell agonizingly short of bringing another National Championship to Clemson in 2019. He did nothing to disprove the fact that he is going to be the first name taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.

He burst onto the scene with the Tigers in 2018 on his way to 3,280 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and four interceptions. This also included a 65.2 percent completion percentage.

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That was just a small part of the impact Lawrence made. He was immensely composed under center and his natural ability throwing the ball was there for all to see. The prospect continued this fine form in 2019, albeit against inferior opposition until the playoffs.

Lawrence finished the season with 3,665 yards passing, 36 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Another thing he showed in the postseason was his toughness under pressure. Something that will no doubt have impressed scouts even further about what he can bring to the table.

It is unlikely that any team is willing to sacrifice a whole season just to land a player with the potential Lawrence possesses. That being said, if the Carolina Panthers somehow end up with the No. 1 pick then it would be a huge surprise if Lawrence wasn’t the player they selected.

This will add pressure on Lawrence’s ability to make an instant impact. But that is something he is more than used to playing for such a high-profile college program.

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Teddy Bridgewater might play well enough for the Panthers to go in another direction such as Oregon’s stud left tackle Penei Sewell. But the temptation to draft Lawrence is something that few teams will pass up if presented with the opportunity.