Trey Lance
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Trey Lance QB North Dakota State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #8 Position Rank: #3 (QB)
40 time: 4.63 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 226
Overall Rating: 92.9 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st - Top 10 Position rank: #3
College Games: 18 College Snaps: 1050
San Francisco 49ers Drafted: 2021: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 3 (SF)

Lance had a fantastic 2019 campaign in which he completed almost 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns without an interception (Pro QB rating of 130.8 ) while running for 1100 yds and 14 TDs on the way to leading the Bison to an FCS championship. The Bison is a fantastically athletic passer with one of the strongest arms and the highest upside in this draft class but has only one year of playing experience because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has all of the physical tools you could ever ask for but has issues in his game and is the most polarizing prospect in the draft.


  • Athletic quarterback with amazing physical skills and huge upside. Patient in the pocket keeps his eyes downfield and usually goes through progressions well. Can command the offense well and has a good feeling where everybody is on the field
  • Super intelligent - aced all his interviews with NFL scouts. Should pick up NFL schemes quickly despite limited experience
  • Has a quick release and gets passes immediately to the intended target
  • Sells fakes well, shows elusiveness, gets outside the pocket to avoid the rush with ease
  • He has the arm strength to push the ball downfield and hit closing windows outside. He also has the arm to add a little touch into his throws when necessary
  • He is never fazed in the pocket, and despite the limited opportunities given to him by a run-heavy offense, he has a veteran’s feel for making anticipatory throws
  • He’s extremely capable with the ball in his hands and an excellent awareness when running behind blocks, with good speed and a strong, heavy build


  • Played in FCS for the equivalent of Alabama - the Bisons were streets ahead of their opponents and so has never really been tested against quality opposition
  • In the controlled environment at his pro-day he had eight misses which most of which came on overthrows: corner and fade routes to the right side of the field. He looked a little rusty and unpolished
  • He only made 17 starts and attempted just 318 passes as a collegiate quarterback
  • Played in a one read offense
  • While him being an amazing athlete is not in doubt, his testing numbers were not as good as fellow 2018 recruit Justin Fields coming out of high school. He also decided against running the 40 at his pro-day, which seemed like a suspect choice

Overall, we think he ranks as the fourth-best QB in this year's draft, with a similar level of athletic talent to Justin Fields, but just with far less experience. He could be a sensation in the NFL, equally, he could flame out - but the lack of playing time in college makes any assessment incredibly difficult.
A very high first-round pick.

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