There are several really good quarterbacks to choose from in the upcoming draft. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence seems to be at the top of most lists followed closely by North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. Which one of these three kings is truly the top dog? Welcome to the latest edition of NFL Draft Profiles.
Lawrence is the most successful of the three quarterbacks. His winning record is 52-2 as a starter in high school combined with a 39-3 record as Clemson’s starting quarterback. That’s a combined 91-5 record from high school to college including a National Championship win over Alabama in Lawrence’s freshman year. Lawrence has the throw power, touch, and accuracy to give him the edge over any NFL defense. His composure is also unquestionable. He’s a consistent winner and a safe bet in the NFL Draft. He’s also a dual-threat who can run the ball effectively if he has space. His height is perfect for the NFL as he stands 6″ 6 inches tall and is 220 pounds. He can see over the offensive lineman which makes reading NFL defenses a lot easier. His vision to see an open receiver is also a plus. Lawrence is the most polished quarterback in the draft. Lawrence faced top-flight competition and won against teams like Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Alabama.
Lance comes in with a lot of upside and should be a top ten pick. The main issue with Lance is that there isn’t as much game film on him. That’s what could prevent him from the number one overall selection. What do we know about Trey Lance? He has deep pass accuracy that can give defenses nightmares. He Can take off and run effectively. It’ll be interesting to see if Lance will become more of a pocket passer. If he gets off to the same start as Carson Wentz, he will be one of the steals of the draft. His footwork and strength are out of this world. He may need to improve his passing mechanics. He possesses elite-level awareness in the pocket and reads defenses well. He needs to work on play-action passes. His throws passes with touch when he needs to. He is extremely athletic and can be a potential matchup nightmare against NFL defenses. He doesn’t have the full body of work that Lawrence has but he possesses the skills necessary to win at the next level. Lance consistently finished each season with a quarterback rating above 100.00.
What about Fields? Does anyone think that the reputation of former Ohio State quarterbacks in the NFL will finally change? Fields is the one who can make this happen. He has the right height at 6′ 3″ and has good arm strength and accuracy to succeed at the next level. He needs to learn to take fewer chances running the ball as he was injured multiple times last season. One of those injuries was the result of an illegal hit but there’s always a risk when he takes off to run. He needs to develop as more of a pocket passer. He shows good pocket awareness but needs to avoid locking on one receiver. He can make throws on the run which is a useful skill at the next level.
Overall, Lawrence is currently the best of the three but Lance has an opportunity to be a championship-level quarterback with all of his upside. Fields could be a good quarterback but he’ll face an uphill climb. We will see who goes where when the picks are made in the NFL Draft.