Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is ready for the NFL. But the NFL won’t let him play.

Lawrence, the true freshman who led Clemson to a dominating national championship victory over Alabama on Monday night, is absolutely good enough that he would get drafted this year if he were allowed to enter the 2019 NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Lawrence put up comparable numbers in Clemson’s offense to those put up by Deshaun Watson, who was good enough at Clemson that he was the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft and has played very well for two years with the Texans.

Unfortunately for the 19-year-old Lawrence, the league’s rules require players to be three years out of high school before they can turn pro.