Falcons’ Fontenot, Smith to attend Trevor Lawrence’s Pro Day

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith will attend Trevor Lawrence’s Pro Day workout at 10 a.m. Friday at Clemson’s Poe Indoor Facility.

Lawrence is considered the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Cleveland.. The Falcons hold the No. 4 overall pick.

A former Cartersville High and Clemson quarterback. Lawrence had one of the more celebrated careers by a quarterback in college football history from 2018-20. He led Clemson to a national championship as a freshman in 2018. He finished his career going 34-2 (.944) as a starter, the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback with at least 30 career starts since Division I split in 1978, trailing only Miami’s Ken Dorsey (.950) and USC’s Matt Leinart (.949), according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The ACC Network will televise his workout live. Lawrence will not take part in Clemson’s Pro Day on March 11 because of upcoming surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.

The hour-long special will be hosted by Rece Davis, who will be joined by analyst Todd McShay on site. Tim Hasselbeck, David Pollack and EJ Manuel also will be part of the coverage.

Lawrence was a finalist for the 2020 Heisman Trophy after a three-year career at Clemson that included a national championship.

The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Lawrence was a four-year starter in high school and went 52-2, including a 41-game winning streak and 14-2 record in the playoffs. He led his team to four region titles and two state titles.

He finished with 13,908 passing yards and 161 touchdowns against 21 interceptions over his high school career and was an AJC Super 11 pick in 2017.

In 2001, the Falcons held the fifth overall pick and traded with the San Diego Chargers to land the No. 1 overall pick and select quarterback Michael Vick.

Falcons’ 2021 draft position:

In the Cincinnati Bengals media mock draft, writer Geoff Hobson pays tribute to former Yahoo Sports writer Terez Paylor, who died in his sleep Monday. D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution selected Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields for the Falcons with the fourth overall pick and Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the second round.

Top Five Picks

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

2. New York Jets - Ja’ Marr Chase, WR, LSU

3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston) - DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

4. Falcons - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

5. Cincinnati Bengals - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon


35. Falcons - ILB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

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