Following more than 50 games at Baylor University, Patrick Lawrence could be facing the end of a quite impressive football career.
The 2014 Waxahachie graduate went undrafted in the 2019 NFL first-year player draft this past week, which leaves his future on the gridiron post-Baylor graduation uncertain.
According to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, Lawrence is the 22nd-best undrafted NFL tackle prospect in the 2019 class. As of Friday evening, Lawrence remained as one of eight in Brandt's list of top 30 undrafted tackles that was still unsigned.
Lawrence was unable to participate in the Baylor Pro Day on April 2 due to recent back surgery, reported John Werner of the Waco Tribune.
"Pat's back was bothering him in training, and they found something in his back," Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule told the Waco Tribune following the Pro Day. "It's really unfortunate for him. It will probably be just a process for him. He's such a great, great human, such a great young talent that I hope he gets an opportunity."
Lawrence is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. He was named to the all-academic first team in 2019 and 2017 and the second team in 2016, while also being named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2014, spring 2017 and spring 2018.
A student-athlete must maintain an overall GPA of 3.20 or better to receive an academic first-team placement.
On the field, Lawrence was a fifth-year senior offensive lineman. His 37 career starts were tied for second on the team in 2018— and all of those came consecutively. He has started 22 of his final 23 games as a Bear at right tackle. The lone variance was his first- and only-career start at left guard against TCU in 2017.
Lawrence appeared in 51 games for Baylor over his career. He could still find his way to an NFL camp before the annual August report dates.