Trevor Lawrence watched the draft from Seneca, South Carolina near Clemson on Thursday night. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence ‘ahead of schedule’ in rehab from shoulder surgery

CLEMSON — New Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is “ahead of schedule” as he continues to work his way back to full strength after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

Lawrence had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in February. He provided an update on his rehab during a press conference in Jacksonville on Friday.

“Health wise I’m feeling really good. I don’t know what percentage I would be at. I don’t even know how to gauge that. But I’m on track. I’m actually a little bit ahead of schedule,” Lawrence said. “So expecting to be back whenever we get started. Really ready for that.”

Lawrence said in February that he was looking at a four-to-five month rehab process to be fully cleared. That would make him fully cleared sometime around mid-June.


Trevor Lawrence trained in California leading up to the draft. (Aubrey Lao/Getty Images)

Trevor Lawrence has message for Clemson fans

Lawrence made history Thursday night, becoming the first Clemson Tiger to ever be selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.

The Georgia native turned pro after three standout seasons at Clemson. He led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff all three years, winning the national title in 2018 as a true freshman.

Lawrence reflected back on his time at Clemson and delivered a message to Tigers fans after being drafted on Thursday.

“First of all, thank you. You guys have made my experience here at Clemson the best I could ever imagine, honestly,” he said. “Coming into school, I never would’ve dreamed of really being at this point, but also just the success that we had. And just the support, aside from the success, just the support that you guys showed week in and week out in everything that we do.”

Lawrence will be joined by a fellow Clemson teammate in Jacksonville as the Jaguars selected star running back Travis Etienne with the No. 25 overall pick later Thursday night.

Etienne and Lawrence were together for the press conference in Jacksonville on Friday afternoon.

Lawrence set plenty of records during his time at Clemson; he leaves as the winningest quarterback in school history. He added one more record Thursday night.

“Just being the first No. 1 pick from Clemson, I mean there’s been so many great players from Clemson. That’s obviously special for me and I don’t take that lightly,” he said. “It just shows we’ve kinda made history ever since I’ve been at Clemson. It’s been awesome to be a part of that with coach [Dabo] Swinney and all my teammates. That’s the plan moving on to Jacksonville is just continue to do things that haven’t been done, continue to lead and do things the right way.”

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