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Old 01-11-2019, 03:27 PM
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Default WSJ: Trevor Lawrence Should Sit Out Next 2 Yrs

The Wall Street Journal has a article effectively saying since he can’t get paid in college, Trevor should sit out the next 2 years. Copy/paste and link below.

Dabo Swinney was giddy at the prospect of what is still to come at Clemson. After winning the national championship, the coach was already looking ahead to a scheduled team meeting on Friday, the first for his 2019 team.

“We’ve got some dynamic pieces like Justyn Ross and that guy right here,” looking over at quarterback Trevor Lawrence, “that No. 16 coming back that are going to lead the way.”

Yet this was a season when college football players, to an unprecedented degree, started looking out for themselves, skipping bowl games and even withdrawing from school midway through the season to protect their NFL draft prospects. To that end, there is a business case for Lawrence taking the trend to a radical extreme.

He should arguably end his career at Clemson now.

At the age of 19, Lawrence not only became the first quarterback since 1985 to lead a team to a national title while starting as a true freshman. He displayed such superlative skills and poise at the position that he is already being compared favorably to current NFL quarterbacks.

If Lawrence were eligible for this year’s NFL draft, by all accounts he would be among the most coveted players.

“He would absolutely be in the conversation as the top quarterback this year,” said Tony Pauline, owner of “He shows the makings of a franchise type quarterback.”

In any almost other line of work, if a student could earn upwards of $20 million or more by leaving school early—and would risk losing it by staying—the decision would be easy. But NFL rules require players to be out of high school at least three years before becoming eligible for the draft.

That means Lawrence will not be allowed to do so until 2021. The NFL is effectively preventing him from becoming—at least potentially—one of the NFL’s biggest stars.

The traditional response to such limitations has been to simply keep playing college football until then. But players are increasingly discovering that they don’t actually need to play out their entire college careers. In fact, many of them have realized the risks in doing so.

Injuries represent the greatest threat to their draft prospects. But for underclassmen who are already highly coveted, there is also simply more room for their stock to fall than there is for it to rise. For a player who has already established himself as a likely high first-round pick, falling stock means a loss of millions of dollars.

“Scouting in general is skepticism,” said NFL player agent Erik Burkhardt. “They’re looking for your weaknesses. The more you show them, the more they’re going to find weaknesses in your game.”

The trend of players sitting out mostly meaningless bowl games ahead of the draft started a few years ago and grew to include more than a dozen players this year. The same general logic extended to Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, who is among the projected top picks in the upcoming draft. Bosa withdrew from school in October to rehab an injured core muscle, even though it wasn’t certain that he’d be physically unable to return by bowl season.

“At some point, why am I playing in week 10? Then why am I playing in week 9? It’s the same analysis,” Burkhardt said. “You have a $10 million lottery ticket in your hand. Why are you still playing the game, bro?”

Few players attain such status with two more years left before they become eligible for the draft. Most aren’t physically ready to play in the NFL yet, even if they have many of the requisite skills.

Even Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa—whose draft prospects Pauline said are comparable to Lawrence’s—has only one more year to go. But the economics are the same: Once a player has convinced NFL teams that he is worthy of a top pick, the potential financial upside of continuing to play college football is dwarfed by the potential downside.

To be sure, there are other benefits to staying in school, among them the camaraderie with teammates and the chance to earn a degree. After Monday’s game, Lawrence talked about the reputation Clemson has earned for being a particularly familial program.

“Anyone out there that has any doubt about Clemson and what they say, it’s all true,” he said. “Just real family, and the way we play for each other, the way these coaches love the players and just everyone is special.”

No doubt, Lawrence would also need to find other ways to keep himself sharp and in shape for the next two years. Players who have skipped bowl games or withdrawn early have only had to do so for months.

But if Lawrence could manage all that—not to mention the crushed hearts of Clemson fans everywhere—he could be part of something more than a title team. He could lead a revolution in the way unpaid student-athletes think about college sports.

—Andrew Beaton contributed to this article.

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Old 01-11-2019, 03:33 PM
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:35 PM
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Default Re: WSJ: Trevor Lawrence Should Sit Out Next 2 Yrs

One of the dumbest things I have read in a long time. Writer should go back and talk to Christian Wilkins about why he stayed instead of going pro. He might learn a thing or two.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:39 PM
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Default Re: WSJ: Trevor Lawrence Should Sit Out Next 2 Yrs

Obviously this journalist sitting behind a desk in NYC has never played competitive sports at a high level. Dude you don't get it and you are an idiot.

Trevor, like the elite talents in his league, WANT to compete. See Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant.

What drivel.
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