Projected first overall NFL Draft pick Trevor Lawrence took to the field Friday for his much anticipated Pro Day workout and it was a CFL receiver making him look good.
Recently signed Saskatchewan Roughrider Charone Peake was among those who returned to their alma mater to assist Lawrence, catching passes from the quarterback messiah live on ESPN2 and NFL Network.
The five-foot-ten, 205-pound Peake joined the Riders in January after four years in the NFL, almost exclusively with the New York Jets. The Jets selected Peake in the seventh round, 241st overall during the 2016 NFL Draft. He went on to play 31 games and made 22 receptions for 214 yards and 9.7 yard average. The 28-year-old spent the early part of 2020 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars hold the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and are expected to pick the prodigal Lawrence with that selection. The six-foot-six, 220-pound passer enjoyed one of the most celebrated collegiate careers in recent memory, winning a National Championship as a true freshman in 2018 and finishing 34-2 as a starter through three season.
Peake played five seasons at Clemson prior to Lawrence’s arrival, appearing in 51 games and making 99 receptions for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns. The South Carolina native had a particularly strong senior year where he overcame injury to be named co-captain and become the Tigers second-leading receiver with 50 catches for 716 yards and five touchdowns. Peake was rewarded for his comeback with an invite to the 2016 Senior Bowl.
Peake has yet to prove himself in the CFL, but he is already repping the Riders on one of football’s biggest stages.