CLEMSON, S.C. — From No. 1 recruit to No. 1 pick.
On Thursday night, Trevor Lawrence, the winningest quarterback in Clemson history, added another distinction to his college legacy as the first Tiger selected first overall in the NFL Draft.
Jacksonville's choice of Lawrence was the worst-kept-secret of the pre-draft buildup, with Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer playing a key role in Lawrence's hastily put-together Pro Day in February, prior to Lawrence's labrum surgery.
As a starter at Clemson, Lawrence was 34-2, the fifth winningest record by any quarterback who made at least 30 starts in FBS history. The 2020 ACC Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up arrived at Clemson as an enormously hyped recruit as the top-ranked player in the Class of 2018. By the fifth game of his freshman year, he was Clemson's full-time starter, and by the end of the season, he had guided the Tigers to a National Championship over Alabama, 44-16, becoming the first true freshman to lead his team to a title since 1986...