The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Trey Lance 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Size: 6-foot-4, 227 pounds
Class: Redshirt Sophomore
2020 stats: 149 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, one interception, 50 percent completion, 15 carries, 143 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns
Lance wasn’t the highest-recruited athlete after playing both ways in high school. He chose to go to North Dakota State for college after not getting much attention from FBS schools.
He redshirted his first year on campus, sitting behind Easton Stick. Lance started as a redshirt freshman for the Bisons in 2019. He threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on 66.9 percent completion. Lance also had 1,100 yards on the ground and 14 rushing touchdowns. His play helped the Bisons win an FCS National Championship. North Dakota State played only one game in the fall of 2020 where Lance passed for 149 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on 50 percent completion. He rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns in North Dakota State’s win over Central Arkansas.
After the one game of the 2020 season for Lance, he decided to declare for the pros. He will likely be picked very early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Lance makes great decisions with the football. He had one interception in his only full season of college football and he rarely puts the ball in harms way. Lance can go through his progressions and then make the correct decision, which is evidence by his low interception total and his high completion percentage.
His arm strength is among the best in the class. He has the arm to drive the ball downfield for possible big gains. Not only can he go deep, he also gets a lot of velocity on his passes. He can fit the ball into very tight windows, which will help him a lot at the next level.
He is also one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the draft class. Lance is able to escape pressure to create big plays. The Bisons were able to call a lot of designed runs for Lance and he produced. When running the ball he has solid speed and he is hard to bring down because of his size.
There are some technique flaws that Lance will need to clean up. He can have to wide of a base when throwing, which causes some balls to sail or be inaccurate. Lance also has a windup in his delivery that allows defenders to get strip sacks on him. He needs to keep the ball high and make sure his motion is compact.
His accuracy can be inconsistent at times as well. On short throws, he doesn’t always give his receivers the best opportunity to run after the catch. As mentioned, his mechanics create some bad throws on intermediate and long throws. He can make the throws, but needs to get more consistent at it.
Lance did not play the best competition, as he was at the FCS level. His receivers were able to get open consistently, which gave Lance a huge advantage. Not only was his competition not the best, but Lance only started one year and one game in college. It will be a huge adjustment for Lance to go from a one-year starter in the FCS to the NFL.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 Pick
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