Will Trevor Lawrence blow up the three season minimum rule for NFL draft eligibility?

Author: Irishize (34 Posts - Joined: Dec 1, 2018)

Posted at 12:06 pm on Jan 8, 2019

He is ready right now. He would go #1. If he has to play two more seasons, he will be subject to injuries that could make him damaged goods. He could lose a fortune. The NBA has "one and dones." Draft eligible college football players are avoiding bowl games so as not to jeopardize their draft potential.
If Lawrence got an aggressive agent and lawyer, they might challenge the NFL rule. They could argue on the grounds of a person's right to make a living.
Could Lawrence play for pay right now in the Canadian Football League with the understanding that he would become eligible for the NFL draft in two years?
Clemson has a golden goose for two years. He will bring the school fame and fortune and he won't get a dime in return?
Would Clemson be allowed to buy him lucrative insurance policies to cover him for the next two years?
Would Lawrence sit out two years to protect his body?
Could he do shampoo commercials while he waited?
Inquiring minds want to know!


Replies to: Will Trevor Lawrence blow up the three season minimum rule for NFL draft eligibility?


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99.9% of players are not physically ready for the NFL after their freshman year of college.

Author: IrishBarry (1130 Posts - Joined: Mar 3, 2012)

Posted at 8:17 am on Jan 9, 2019

QB may be a little different as it doesn't rely as much on the physicality. Basketball? Very Different sport.

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Re: Will Trevor Lawrence blow up the three season minimum rule for NFL draft eligibility?

Author: MarkHarman (2830 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 9:46 pm on Jan 8, 2019

I can see Lawrence, in his third year, maybe playing 4-5 games and then calling it a year. Would be extremely unfair to his teammates, but everybody's gotta look out for #1.

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I get the feeling he is in no hurry. Seems to love tearing up college defenses, quite sadistically.

Author: BrashithAleim (413 Posts - Joined: Sep 19, 2015)

Posted at 2:17 pm on Jan 8, 2019

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Clarett lost on the grounds that the players union had agreed to the three year eligibility rule

Author: Curly1918 (1975 Posts - Joined: Aug 30, 2017)

Posted at 2:02 pm on Jan 8, 2019

The decision was a pro union holding by a three judge panel that included a "wise latina" (Sonia Sotomayor). Without the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL might have lost on an anti-trust argument. Ironically, three years is about the average NFL career... so the union was trying to make sure that its members got the maximum earnings they could reasonably expect. Otherwise, the NFL would hire as many low cost rookies as possible.

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Already been tried - see Maurice Clarett's suit against the NFL

Author: Nigel Tufnel (4056 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 12:26 pm on Jan 8, 2019

Because the draft eligibility rule is the result of collective bargaining, it is exempt from antitrust laws.

In other words, the NFL can continue to use the NCAA as a free source of labor and set any rules it wants. College players are powerless to change it. Maybe some high profile kid will choose to leave early and play for one of the alternative leagues that are forming.


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Re: Already been tried - see Maurice Clarett's suit against the NFL

Author: Irishize (34 Posts - Joined: Dec 1, 2018)

Posted at 12:40 pm on Jan 8, 2019

If one of the alternative leagues could lure Trevor Lawrence to join them, what a coup that would be. Soon, others like his freshman WR teammate Ross, could join, too. The league would, of course, use a striped football, and summon up thoughts of the old AFL-NFL battles. Bidding wars for stars would warm the cockles of the hearts of avaricious agents. Roger Goodell would have a heart attack.
Stay tuned!


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It might get interesting.

Author: Napoleon (2564 Posts - Joined: Apr 23, 2015)

Posted at 12:08 pm on Jan 8, 2019

If nothing else, I wonder if he might take the "sit out" strategy to another level and just not play a season before draft eligibility. I wouldn't mind it if he's gone when Clemson comes to ND in 2020.

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I would love to see him at ND in two years.

Author: Curly1918 (1975 Posts - Joined: Aug 30, 2017)

Posted at 2:16 pm on Jan 8, 2019

The chance to beat a legend cannot be missed.

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Anyone know where Tony Alford is HC?

Author: OHIrish (3192 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 2:50 pm on Jan 8, 2019

He left ND for the exposure with the thugs and a promotion into something BIGGER.

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Assistant HC for offense and running backs at tOSU...

Author: TakethetrainKnute (15416 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 2:55 pm on Jan 8, 2019

Guess he could possibly move up in the Urban Shuffle...

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Whoaaaa...still no head coaching opportunities! Good guy. Bad idea

Author: OHIrish (3192 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 3:30 pm on Jan 11, 2019

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