Team: Clemson Tigers
Height/Weight: 6’6″ and 210 lbs
The purpose of this series is to provide a ceiling and a floor for devy prospects. We also provide an example of a player in which the prospect could reach their level of production. This is not a player comparison in regards to style of play, but more so used for what we think the high or low end of production could be for fantasy purposes.
If you read like me, you may have skipped down and read the ceiling projection and saw the name I have listed. Remember, it is not meant to insinuate he plays with a similar style, but I believe Trevor Lawrence has the skill set to match Brees’ level of success. When evaluating Lawrence, it is difficult to identify flaws as a collegiate athlete. Clearly he is not perfect (watch the 2019 Louisville game), but he has such an amazing ceiling and raw arm talent to be a transcendent player. He can hit any throw and has elite velocity on the ball to squeeze passes in tight NFL coverage’s. More importantly, he appears to understand how to read defenses and can effectively cycle through his progressions. Lawrence can extend plays with his legs and has exhibited excellent footwork in the pocket in his first two seasons. Some draft pundits critiqued Lawrence at the start of his sophomore season for his poor play, however; he has turned it around quickly. In some games, Lawrence may not be challenged enough, which is not to imply he is lazy, but if he can continue to advance his skills he has every opportunity to light up stat sheets and help whatever team drafts him immediately.
Ceiling Projection: Drew Brees
It is very difficult to create a list of weaknesses for Trevor Lawrence. Again, there are always areas to improve for a player and Lawrence will do that going forward. But he appears NFL ready, and no stage looks too big for him. I love this floor projection to Stafford because if Lawrence goes to a losing franchise, he might post some gaudy numbers, but ultimately be limited by the team. Lawrence is more talented than Stafford, but this is an extremely high floor for a kid in college. Until I see otherwise, I am not backing down on my take that he is the next great NFL QB. Buckle up!
Floor Projection: Matthew Stafford
In devy leagues, he was probably already snatched up last year, but he is worthy of the 1.01 in superflex formats. I devalue QBs significantly in 1 QB formats, but I could see him sneaking into the late 1st round of rookie drafts. His hype rivals that of Andrew Luck when he came out. Draft with confidence.