Here’s an NFL mock draft where every college football player is eligible. How high would Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa go this year?
The 2019 NFL Draft is lacking in excitement and drama but a sure-fire way to change that is by allowing underclassmen to leave school early, just as the NBA does. The NBA Draft sees a number of freshmen phenoms taken at or near the top of the draft as they have embraced the one-and-done rule. If college football and the NFL had a similar rule, the excitement and anticipation would be off the charts. So, while you’ve seen countless NFL mock drafts, let’s have some fun, and look at a mock draft if freshmen and sophomores were allowed to enter the NFL Draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Trevor Lawrence would be the top pick in this draft, next year’s draft or last year’s draft. It’s crazy to think the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Lawrence won’t even be eligible until the 2021 draft, when he assuredly will be the top pick, provided he’s healthy. The Cardinals may take quarterback Kyler Murray in this draft, or they may roll forward with last year’s top pick, Josh Rosen, but the chance to take Lawrence is too good to pass.
The body of work is small, with only one year at Clemson, and he wasn’t even the starter for the entire season with Kelly Bryant holding the job for the first few weeks. Lawrence’s talent and potential is undeniable, which led to Dabo Swinney throwing the former top overall recruit in the starting lineup. It worked well as Lawrence helped guide the Tigers to the National Championship where he threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns vs. Alabama and their vaunted defense.
Lawrence has two more years on the college level to develop and refine his game and when he finishes up, he might be the best quarterback prospect the modern draft has seen, eclipsing the likes of Andrew Luck and John Elway before him. Teams will be positioning themselves to tank in two years with the goal of landing the top pick and getting Lawrence to be their franchise quarterback/savior.