Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been perceived to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft since leading the school to a national title victory in his true freshman season. He almost certainly still will be, but he 21-year-old left some wiggle room Tuesday.
In September, Lawrence said that he "was planning" on 2020 being his final season at Clemson, but didn't sound as certain when asked again Tuesday.
"My mindset has been that I'm going to move on," Lawrence told the collective media Tuesday. "But who knows? There's a lot of things that could happen."
In his junior season, Clemson is 6-0, currently the No. 1 team in the country. Lawrence has tossed 17 touchdowns to just two interceptions. If there's any downside to his third collegiate season, Lawrence is averaging just 2.4 yards per rush attempt, down from 5.5 a year ago. Truth be told, though, NFL executives are probably even more excited about the potential of Lawrence at the next level given that he's having this much success without being as effective as a rusher.
Lawrence's comments will lead some to believe that he has reservations about playing for the New York Jets, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons or Jacksonville Jaguars, the teams seemingly in best position to land the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. What's more likely is that Lawrence has had one of the greatest careers in NCAA history and finds it hard to imagine having more fun playing anywhere other than Clemson in 2021.
Regardless of what team lands the No. 1 pick, it would be still be a shocking outcome if Lawrence returns to Clemson for his senior season. One thing he does appear sure on is that he'll be in a good position regardless of what he decides to do after the 2020 NCAA season.
"No matter where I go - whether that's across the country or whether it's close to home, whether I stay another year - we'll work it out," Lawrence added.
If Lawrence didn't enter the NFL Draft, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance would become candidates to go No. 1 overall.