Trevor Lawrence Declines Opportunity to Attend NFL 2021 Draft in Cleveland

Published 03/29/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL 2021 Draft just around the corner, it’s no wonder who’s going to go as the #1 overall pick. Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence is widely touted to be the first player off the board in the draft, thanks to his elite ball-playing ability.


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The Jacksonville Jaguars are the team who have the first pick in the upcoming draft. This is down to the fact that they had the worst win-loss record in the NFL last season.

With the franchise’s last win coming in Week 1 of the 2020 season, it’s no wonder the Jaguars will benefit by bringing in a player of Lawrence’s caliber. 


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With Lawrence opting to forego his senior year at Clemson to declare for the draft, all eyes will be on the quarterback when his name is called out ahead of thousands of athletes chasing the same dream.

But according to a recent report, the cameras at the event aren’t going to have Lawrence to focus on.

Trevor Lawrence to stay back at Clemson 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s draft could not host prospects and fans. Instead, players watched on from the comfort of their homes as their names were called one-by-one.

This season, though, things are set to go slightly back to normal. With the pandemic showing signs of slowing down, the NFL will be hosting fans and players across 3 locations in Cleveland, Ohio on draft day. 


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Oct 24, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during their game against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

But it looks like the draft is going to miss out on the presence of its biggest star. NFL insider Adam Schefter recently tweeted that Trevor Lawrence has declined the opportunity to attend the in-person draft.

Instead, he’ll be following the event on April 30th from Clemson with family and friends.

“Presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence is declining the chance to attend the draft in Cleveland. He instead is choosing to watch it at Clemson with a few family members and friends, per sources.

“Despite NFL’s invite, Lawrence never wavered in his desire to watch the draft at Clemson,” tweeted Schefter.


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This obviously will have no impact on Trevor Lawrence’s draft stock. The quarterback is still projected to go #1 overall to be the quarterback of the future for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With the Draft even less than a month away, which player from the 2021 draft class are you most excited about heading into next season?


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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.