Despite playing at the FCS level, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance has a chance to insert himself as a top quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The talent is undeniable when turning on the tape North Dakota State University quarterback, Trey Lance. He possess a big arm, prototypical size for the position, near elite athleticism, and fast mental processing. These traits alone will make Lance a coveted signal caller, but can or will he be the first quarterback taken in the 2021 NFL Draft?
It is possible, however the competition will be difficult for a small school quarterback to overcome. The 6’3″, 221 pound Lance will have to have another remarkable season to prove he is worth the first selection.
With one of the most talented arms in this draft class, the first box is checked off for Lance. Lance is able to make any throw on the field while maintaining touch on the ball, a trait that scouts love to see in top quarterback prospects.
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However, arm talent means nothing if it is not utilized properly by the coaching staff and the prospect. With a total of 42 touchdowns and zero interceptions last season, it is evident that the staff at North Dakota State and Lance effectively use the arm talent he possesses.
Lance shows the ability to make throws to all levels of the field with tremendous touch on the ball, this makes him an exciting prospect to watch.
Lance possesses athletic ability that reminds me of a young Cam Newton. The NDSU signal caller has the opportunity multiple times a game to make plays with his legs. He is willing to go through defenders and does not shy away from contact which could be a cause for concern.
Lance will thrive in an offense that allows him to move outside the pocket similar to Alex Smith as he develops. Lance makes throws on the run look seamless, however sometimes he does get excited and will over or under throw his target. He will need time to grow into his arm for an NFL team to get his full potential.