Consensus top pick Trevor Lawrence declines invite to 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland

Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) on the field after winning the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike last year when it was held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players and fans are going to be on hand for the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland late next month. Just not consensus top pick Trevor Lawrence from Clemson.

“Presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence is declining the chance to attend the draft in Cleveland and is instead choosing to watch it at Clemson with a few family members and friends,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday. “Despite NFL’s invite, Lawrence never wavered in his desire to watch draft at Clemson.”

It’s going to be interesting to see if other top prospects follow suit. One of the interesting backdrops to last year’s event was the raw emotion prospects displayed when their names were called. Joining a tight group of friends and family made it all that much more important to said prospects. Trevor Lawrence obviously doesn’t want to give that up for a chance to party in Cleveland.

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Who will Trevor Lawrence be celebrating with during NFL Draft night?

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Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Expected to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Lawrence will be wearing a Jags hat when the cameras make their way to his residence.

He’ll likely be joined by his fiancée, Marissa Mowry. The two got engaged a year ago. For his part, Lawrence just recently held his bachelor party in Las Vegas. His parents, Amanda and Jeremy Lawrence, will also likely be on hand. It’s obviously going to be a banner night for the Lawrence family in South Carolina once the draft comes calling.

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How is the 2021 NFL Draft going to look in Cleveland?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will take to the stage with Lake Erie as a backdrop. A select number of prospects will be able to attend the event with others taking part remotely.

If club personnel in war rooms are fully vaccinated, no masks or strict social distancing will be necessary. However, each room will be limited to 10 individuals.

As for the fans making that trek to Cleveland, the NFL Draft Experience will be free and open to the general public near FirstEnergy Stadium. Meanwhile, the league will invite a number of musical artists to perform with the theme being Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.