2021 NFL Draft: Players who could opt out if college season delayed

Trevor Lawrence, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Justin Fields, 2021 NFL Draft
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  • Justin Fields, Ohio State
  • Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Although you could make a significant case here for North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, whose stock is seemingly soaring the more he’s discovered by the masses, I think there are two quarterbacks in college football right now who are more likely than the rest to leave school without playing a 2020 season:

Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Justin Fields of Ohio State.

Right now, any 2021 mock draft you can find around the web is pretty consistently predicting these two guys to be the top two picks in the draft, and if not, they’re both going top three.

Fields has just one year of full-time starting experience at Ohio State, but he’s proven his tremendous talent as both a passer and runner.

Lawrence has looked NFL-ready since he was a high school player, basically, and it seems rare for a player with his kind of pre-college hype to live up to the high standard everyone else had set for him so quickly.

Lawrence doesn’t really have many weaknesses to his game and even showed an expanded ability to make plays with his legs last season at Clemson.

Would these two guys, who could both be contenders for the top overall pick, really go back to school to play an abbreviated version of the 2020 season?

I don’t think so.