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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence declares for 2021 NFL Draft

The presumptive number one pick, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, has declared his intention to turn professional with the Jaguars set to benefit.

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Trevor Lawrence set to be number one overall pick after declaring for 2021 NFL Draft

Trevor Lawrence has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, setting the stage for one of the most exciting quarterback prospects of the modern era to be drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Clemson superstar Lawrence is the overwhelming favourite to be selected with the first overall pick, having been earmarked as one of the sport's next great quarterbacks since his high school days.

Following Clemson's defeat in the College Football Playoff semifinal to Ohio State on New Year's Day and a second-placed finish in the Heisman Trophy voting on Tuesday, Lawrence announced his intention to head to the NFL in a video on Twitter.

Lawrence leaves Clemson firmly in the discussion as one the greatest quarterbacks in college football history. 

In three seasons, the 21-year-old threw for 10,098 yards and 90 touchdowns. He was intercepted 17 times.

A dual-threat at the position, Lawrence rushed for a further 943 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Lawrence set for Jacksonville

Lawrence guided Clemson to a National Championship in his freshman season, the Tigers crushing the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in the title game at the end of the 2018 campaign.

He fell short last season as Clemson suffered defeat to LSU and their quarterback Joe Burrow - selected first overall in the 2020 draft - in last year's National Championship.

Lawrence and Clemson were denied a return to that stage this season by Ohio State and Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields, in contention to be the second overall pick, who claimed an emphatic 49-28 victory in New Orleans.

The Heisman eluded Lawrence during his collegiate career, but he will now focus on both individual and team success at the highest level, likely with a Jaguars franchise that went 1-15 in 2020, with Jacksonville now searching for a new head coach and general manager in an effort to turn fortunes around.