Last night, news broke on Twitter that Clemson Tigers’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19.
Judging by the language and wording of the announcements it seems as though Clemson’s matchup with Boston College will go on as planned. At this time, it does not appear to be a full team outbreak, such as the case in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin vs. Nebraska game was canceled due to multiple Badgers testing positive and it’s unlikely and unclear whether or not the game will be played on a different date.
Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney undoubtedly has a backup plan in place, but this is a huge blow to Clemson in their upcoming game against Boston College. Lawrence himself also took to Twitter to express his feelings on the diagnosis.
Tigers’ second-string quarterback DJ Uiagalelei will get the start this Saturday and the fate of the Tigers season now rests in his hands.
What does this mean for Trevor Lawrence now?
It’s been joked about, and to be crystal clear, only joked about that Lawrence would stay at Clemson if the New York Jets got the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Lawrence has been projected as the number one overall pick since Clemson won their championship only two years ago.
Now with a COVID-19 diagnosis under his belt, it’s possible that his draft stock drops a bit if he suffers any severe symptoms. Could we see him drop all the way out of the first round? Highly unlikely. However, it wouldn’t shock me to see him drop to the middle of the first round, possibly between picks ten and 17.
It will be very interesting to see how Lawrence bounces back from this and if he deals with any “COVID-19 fog” similar to what Cam Newton has apparently been going through.