It’s not uncommon for NFL draft prospects to draw comparisons to similar athletes in the scouting process. That’s especially true for players such as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, considered a once-in-a-generation talent and near-unanimous choice for the top pick of the draft.
But NFL quarterback-turned-ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky took it a step further on Friday’s episode of “Get Up!”, portraying Lawrence as a veritable Frankenstein’s monster when he claimed he had comparable assets to three former No. 1 overall draft selections.
“Trevor Lawrence is Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford kind of balled up into one,” Orlovsky said. “I think that his brain is Peyton Manning-like. … And then with the talent level of Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford.”
High, high praise from Orlovsky, a 12-year NFL veteran. And it’s true that Lawrence represents a rarely seen blend of elite quarterback traits, from his command of the offense at Clemson, incredible arm strength, throwing accuracy and athleticism. Lawrence, recovering from surgery to his non-throwing rotator cuff, likely cemented his status as the top pick in his personal pro day.
What makes Lawrence so enticing as a player, Orlovsky said, is his ability to combine that elite physical talent with equally impressive fundamentals.
“His foundation fundamentally is elite. … This guy’s got No. 1 talent as well,” Orlovsky said. “So we’re talking elite fundamentals, which matter, combined with elite talent — he’s going to be a rock star. He’s going to be an absolute stud. … There’s no one close to Trevor Lawrence in the draft when it comes to the quarterback position.”