Being a rookie in the NFL is not easy, especially for those picked in the first and second rounds of a draft.
No one has as much expectations to live up to than former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He became the first Clemson Tiger in history to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL Draft, when the Jacksonville Jaguars took him with the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29.
Though the Jaguars were just 1-15 last year, many believe Lawrence can turn the struggling franchise around pretty fast. In fact, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt has Lawrence listed at No. 2 on his list of eight rookies in the best position to succeed this coming season.
“Lawrence has the skills to get this franchise going in the right direction in Year 1 — and while that might not result in a ton of wins, it will mark a huge shift in Duval County,” Brandt wrote. “After all, Joe Burrow didn’t win more than two games as a starter in his injury-shortened rookie season, but it’s hard to argue he wasn’t successful in 2020, given that he showed himself to be the long-term answer for the Bengals at the game’s most important position.”
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