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Trevor Lawrence would likely be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, if he were allowed to declare this year. In fact, Lawrence is probably the most highly-touted quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012, and he might end up as the most hyped college quarterback of all time when all is said and done. 

Unfortunately, the true freshman is going to have to risk injury for not one, but two more seasons before he's draft eligible. The NCAA requires athletes to remain in college for at least three years before they're allowed to declare for the NFL Draft. It's not the same for other professional sports like baseball, hockey and basketball, due to each league's collective bargaining agreement.

Preventing Lawrence from entering the NFL feels criminal, especially when you consider how much money the Clemson Tigers' stud quarterback is losing from potential endorsements alone.

The NCAA's rigid rules not only prevent Lawrence from earning an NFL salary, but it also prevents him from monetizing his image. And if the ​reaction to Lawrence's hair last night is any indication, the 19-year-old might be able to make millions solely from hair care endorsements.

The prospect of drafting Lawrence in 2021 could cause a tanking epidemic in the NFL that would make Sam Hinkie blush. It's just a shame NFL fans have to wait that long, especially since it could cost a talented young athlete like Lawrence millions upon millions of dollars. 

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