Trey Lance: small school quarterback with big 2021 NFL Draft aspiriations
As the 2020 college football season is reshaping in order to have a season, even if it is only conference games, the watchlist of 2021 NFL Draft prospects never stops. One small school diamond who has been getting a ton of hype is North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, who many think has a shot at being the top player drafted next Spring.
Mentioned with the likes of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Lance has virtually been given a first round grade and even ranked higher than the Heisman finalist Fields by many. But not here or by this writer.
The tools are certainly there for Lance as he enters his redshirt sophomore season with the Bison, but he is just that: a redshirt sophomore playing at the FCS level. While Fields is also coming off just his first year as a starting quarterback in college football, the competition he faced was much stiffer, running a system which asked him to throw the football far more often.
In the words of Pro Football Network’s Dalton Miller, Lance is playing against dudes who aren’t interested in making football a career:
We need to ease our way into this. Lance is, after all, a redshirt sophomore at an FCS school. He’s an immensely talented athlete and passer playing future accountants, radio personalities, and engineers. He’s the picture of the Bugatti Veyron under the awning of a trailer park home.
Here we will take a deep look at Lance, as he looks to battle it out to become a top-10 pick, should he decide to declare. We will look at the good, and what needs to improve before he can join the ranks of Lawrence and Fields.