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Saturday, January 9, 2021

2021 NFL DRAFT PROSPECT PREVIEW: TREY LANCE QB NORTH DAKOTA STATE

Trey Lance:  Following in the footsteps of Carson Wentz, it looks like the North Dakota State Bison will see a second quarterback selected in the first round of an NFL Draft despite their FCS standing as junior Trey Lance should hear his name called among the first 32 picks.  What is really interesting here however is the fact Lance comes off a 2020 campaign where the Bison played just a single game and it was one where he was shaky passing the ball in completing half his throws for 149 yards with 2 TD's and one pick.   On the flip side, Lance showcased his impressive running ability by picking up 143 yards on the ground with two more scores and it is that diverse skill set that has so many NFL executives intrigued.  What really got the hype going was Lance's ridiculous 2019 season when he posted a 28/0 ratios in TD's/INT's; while rushing for over 1,000 yards as well.  What will help Lance in term of his draft prospects is the fact Wentz has generally played well since coming into the league (2020 notwithstanding) and that will take some of the nervousness out of picking him so high given that track record.  Be that as it may, Lance is facing a sizable learning curve in the NFL since he barely played a year ago and the overall level of competition at the Bison level is a clear cut below the FBS.  The tools are certainly there though as Lance can make all the throws and in particular hit into the tight windows to succeed in the pros.  Ball placement can improve a bit but combining the big arm with his high-end speed, Lance should certainly make a push to be among the first 15 picks of the draft this spring.  

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