Former Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence had good reason to hold his pro day on Friday a month early. Lawrence wanted to prove to the NFL teams that he was good at handling himself when things didn’t go according to plan.
“The original plan was to train in California for two months, then come back on March 11th and put on a show and do all of that, but life happens sometimes,” Lawrence told ACC Network / ESPN2 after his 45-minute workout at Clemson on Friday. “I just had to adapt and show that I can adapt and adapt and still be ready to come here and give teams the opportunity to see me. That was important to me and my team to make sure we achieve this. ” .
“Obviously it wasn’t exactly the ideal situation and circumstance, but I think we did a great job just maneuvering and navigating through all of this.”
Lawrence upgraded his pro day because he is due to have surgery to repair damage to the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder and wanted to be completely vacated before training camps opened in July. He threw about 40 passes – mostly from below – to recipients Cornell Powell, Charone Peake, Caleb Scott and Chris Finke in Clemson’s practice hall.
Lawrence said he expected to start throwing six to eight weeks after surgery and be completely cleared in four to five months.
On Friday, Lawrence threw a variety of passes, including some rollouts, and ended up with a 65-yard throw on a broken game in which he crawled before the ball was shot. This litter received praise from both the ESPN on-air crew and on social media. However, ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay, who was in training, was more impressed with Lawrence’s work in the red zone.
“Get the ball out quickly and throw it up where the defender can’t get it,” McShay said on the program. “I saw that consistently in the red zone today, just the ability to throw the ball up at that particular point, the ball placement.
“Yeah, the deep throws were great and the vertical throws are what everyone loves … But in the red zone you can learn a little about a quarterback, how fast he can get him out and where he puts the ball.”
Thirty-one people from 17 NFL teams were scheduled to attend, including three from the Jacksonville Jaguars: head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and passing coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The Jaguars have the top pick in the April 29 draft, and Meyer spent most of the training standing next to Clemson trainer Dabo Swinney a few feet from Lawrence.
“Yes, yes. I saw him,” said Lawrence with a smile. “I saw a lot of the guys come through, but yeah, I saw him. I just waved at him very quickly. I can’t really communicate out there. But yeah, it was cool to see all the teams come out. It is definitely a I’m glad I still have to. “
Lawrence, who has measured at 6-foot-5 5/8 and 213 pounds with 10-inch hands, 34½-inch arms and a wingspan of 78¼ inches, said he was most looking forward to a new offensive system too learn as an adaptation to life in the NFL. He said he enjoys the mental challenge of football that every coach wants to hear.
“I think mentally the game is a little different at the NFL level and what’s on your plate,” said Lawrence. “So take this time, especially after the operation, to really prepare mentally while I can’t physically, and when I really can physically I’ll just grind and get ready. I’m just very excited for this challenge.
“I love to learn. It’s one of my favorite parts of the game. It’s so much fun learning a new system and putting it all together. It’s a lot of fun so I’m looking forward to it, but I think that’s the biggest thing is just mental, defensive recognition, playbook, all that stuff. “