This upcoming draft class for 2021 is full of playmakers on both sides of the ball. The field generals seem to have a bounty of wealth for a potential heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger if the Steelers find themselves in the correct draft positioning to select one.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence has done nothing but cause scouts to pay attention once he started at Clemson. The kid can do it all and has the mental toughness to succeed at the next level. He is the prototypical size that scouts love for their franchise selections at 6’6. He has played in big games and rose to the occasion during those big games, even excelling and playing better in those big moments.
In his two years of starting as a true freshman, Lawrence has compiled an amazing stat line for his collegiate career. In his two years as a tiger, he has thrown for 6,945 yards, 66 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions. Now when it comes to his most recent National Championship appearance, he struggled but so did his entire team. He had a stat line that resulted in no touchdowns and only 234 yards through the air.
The previous year where Clemson won the National Championship was a complete reversal as Lawrence and the Tigers steamrolled Alabama. Lawrence led his team to victory with a very impressive stat sheet. He threw for almost 350 yards and three touchdowns.
Lawrence is a very impressive prospect for all 32 NFL teams as we head into his final year at the collegiate level. He will probably be the number one pick come April so if the Steelers want to select him then they will need to struggle mightily this season to do so.
Justin Fields, Ohio State
The Steelers love their Ohio State connection and Fields is one of the most dynamic players in college football. He has a very small sample size so far as he only played one full season as a starter at the college level. This second year is huge for him, but if he continues to build off of last season then he will easily be a top 10 pick for this upcoming draft. At 6’3, Fields has the size that NFL teams look for and his impressive mobility at that size will excite each NFL team.
Last season Fields had an amazing year that included 3,273 yards through the air, 484 yards rushing, 54 total touchdowns, and only three interceptions. Fields showed the ability to exploit defenses and take over games. He also showed the ability to read the field and negate forcing plays that result in turnovers.
Trey Lance, North Dakota State
From a small school, but he put up some impressive numbers at that small school. He is the one prospect out of this article that has the possibility to positively affect his draft stock this season. He could skyrocket up draft boards if he continues to grow this year. He had a little less yards through the air than you would like at 2,786 but he also ran for 1,100 yards. He also added 28 touchdowns through the air and an additional 14 touchdowns on the ground.
He is very raw with only starting one year and at a smaller school, but that small school is one of the most dominant programs at their level. If he continues to develop as a passer and continues his rushing prowess then he will shoot up draft boards. Don’t be surprised if come pre-draft process this name is getting a lot of praise and looks by NFL scouts.