Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first overall draft pick, and by golly, he’s rarin’ to go.
At least, that’s the impression Lawrence gave following his “pro day” workout for teams on Friday.
“I was pretty pleased with it,” Lawrence said. “Obviously, like anything, you have some throws that you wish you could go back and hit a little bit better. But as a whole, I think it was a good day.”
Lawrence held the pro day so teams could get a look at him before he undergoes surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He wasn’t wearing pads, and his throws came against no defense. But as suspected, the vast majority of his passes hit their targets.
He said the surgery won’t keep him from participating at the very start of training camp.
“Obviously I’ve got to still continue talking to the doctors and see how the rehab goes, but I think I can throw in six to eight weeks after the surgery. And then looking at a four-to-five-month full clearance,” Lawrence said. “But obviously, I’ll be able to do stuff before then. But just glad it’s non-throwing shoulder, so shouldn’t be too bad. Just got to rehab really hard and work hard to get back. But I’m just excited to get that fixed and start that road to getting healthy.”
Jaguars brass, including celebrated new coach Urban Meyer, took in the the workout. Unless the Jaguars shock the world, they will pick Lawrence. So what was the purpose of the pro day if he has nothing more to prove?
“Just to show I’m no different than anybody else,” Lawrence said. “So just having to adjust and showing I’m able to adjust and adapt and still willing to come out here and throw and give teams a chance to see me — that was important to me and important to my team, to make sure we made that happen. And, obviously, it wasn’t necessarily the ideal situation and circumstances. But I think we did a great job of just kind of maneuvering and navigating through all that.”