1. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
After leading the North Dakota State Bison to another FCS Division I Championship, Trey Lance may no longer be considered an “under the radar” prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. After waiting behind Los Angeles Charger, Easton Stick in Fargo, Lance finished his first year as a starter with an impressive 28 touchdown to zero interception ratio.
Lance is a do-it-all type prospect and is quickly rising up draft boards, with some considering the quarterback as a possible top-five pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. While Lance was looked past by most college scouts, receiving FBS offers from only Boise State and Northern Illinois, he will draw the attention of every NFL team. The Minnesota native fits the current NFL mold of dual-threat quarterbacks and his biggest knock entering the 2020 season is the level of competition at NDSU.
In addition to passing for over 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns, Lance contributed another 1,100 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Lance distributes the ball quickly and accurately both on short-yardage or downfield throws. He has demonstrated the arm strength of making the required downfield passes needed at the NFL level and could see his draft stock rise as high as early first, just like Carson Wentz in 2016.
Lance’s biggest knocks entering the 2021 NFL Draft will focus on his level of experience and level of competition. While it should be expected to see an interception (or two) this fall, NFL scouts will look to see if Lance has improved his ability at reading a defense and his ability to make the more complex throws he may not be making at the FCS level.
Unfortunately for Lance, the canceled Week 1 road trip to Oregon was the perfect opportunity to showcase his abilities against a defense loaded with future NFL talent.