2021 NFL Draft: Duke QB Chase Brice has opportunity in front of him

Duke QB and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Chase Brice (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
Duke QB and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Chase Brice (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) /

The 2020 season will be a big opportunity for Chase Brice to cement himself as a legit 2021 NFL Draft prospect.

He’s only attempted 136 passes in his college career. He has sat behind one of college football’s best quarterbacks for two season. Now, he’s ready to carve out his own path, which might lead him to the 2021 NFL Draft. That quarterback? It is Duke’s Chase Brice.

Brice has sat behind Trevor Lawrence for two seasons now. He’s been able to get game reps thanks to Clemson blowing teams out in the ACC the past two years. Not all of those reps were with the game out of hand.

Lawrence got hurt in his freshman season against Syracuse, and Brice had to come in to finish the job. He led a pair of touchdown drives, one being a game winning drive that ended with a Travis Etienne touchdown.

Brice has some experience, and now he will be playing for another ACC school, the Duke Blue Devils. He will play under quarterback whisperer and head coach David Cutcliffe, who has worked with the Mannings and former Duke quarterback and first round pick Daniel Jones.

Cutcliffe should be a big help to Brice, who showed some tools to work with in his time at Clemson. Brice is a tough runner, and has a solid arm to push the ball down the field. He shows good accuracy in the short and intermediate areas of the field, and has the poise and toughness to stand and deliver in the pocket.

Brice will get his first true test against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a team with a strong defense and multiple 2021 NFL Draft prospects. It will be tough, but will give a good indication where Brice is at in his college development.

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Will Brice enter the 2021 NFL Draft? It’s hard to say. He has another year of eligibility after 2020, and two seasons at Duke would likely be beneficial. But, he’s carving out his own path, and it will be fun to watch.