Trevor Lawrence, Projected No. 1 Overall Pick, Declares For 2021 NFL Draft
By Jason Hall
January 6, 2021
The decision many believed was inevitable was made official Wednesday (January 6) morning.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, projected by many as the No. 1 overall college football prospect, officially declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, sharing a video thanking Clemson University and its fans after a decorated three-year collegiate career on his Twitter account.
"My time here has been amazing, and I'll be a Clemson Tiger forever," Lawrence said in the video.
Lawrence entered his collegiate career as the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2018 national recruiting cycle and quickly lived up to the hype, leading Clemson to a national championship as a true freshman and winning his first 25 games before being defeated by LSU in the national championship the following season.
Clemson made the College Football Playoff during each of Lawrence's three seasons and the Knoxville, Tennessee native finished as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday (January 5) night.
Off the field, Lawrence helped organize a social justice movement at Clemson last summer amid a national national unrest over police brutality and was a key factor in the #WeWantToPlay movement, which helped push officials to move forward with the 2020 NCAA college football season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"Looking back on it, I hope my legacy is that I was a great teammate and a great person overall, more than how I played," Lawrence said. "It's how I treated people. I want that to be the main thing I'm known for."
Lawrence is expected by many to be selected No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft, which will begin on April 29, 2021.
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