Detroit Lions 2021 NFL mock draft: Round 1, 7th overall
The Lions acquired Jared Goff in the Stafford trade with the Rams, but let’s be honest, he is nothing more than a stop-gap option for this team. Goff was mediocre at best under the direction of one of the brightest offensive minds in the entire league. Letting him start through the beginning of this rebuild process does not hurt anything, but Goff’s presence on the roster should not hold the Lions back from attacking the quarterback position if the right opportunity presents itself.
The Lions must be open to landing a long-term franchise quarterback this offseason and Trey Lance out of North Dakota State stands out as a strong fit. With Lance available when the Lions go on the clock at No. 7 in this 2021 NFL mock draft, this pick is relatively easy.
Lance is a tremendously gifted quarterback prospect who has massive upside at the next level. He has fantastic natural arm talent, showing the ability to hit any throw on the field and work with unique arm angles when necessary. Lance is also a fantastic athlete at the quarterback position who shows the ability to escape the pocket and create with his legs. Lance shows explosive speed in the open field and is a powerful runner who works through traffic well.
The North Dakota State product is an extremely gifted quarterback prospect who has shown the ability to improvise and make plays on the fly when needed and also play well within the structure of the offense. Lance was a one-year starter at the FCS level, so there are obvious concerns about his ability to translate to the next level. That being said, the Detroit Lions are in a good position to sit Lance and let him develop slowly.
Make no mistake about it, Trey Lance is an exciting quarterback prospect who has massive upside at the next level. With the Lions taking a long-term approach, adding Lance at No. 7 and letting him develop slowly is certainly a move that would make sense for the franchise.