The New England Patriots are going to have to draft a QB who isn’t Trevor Lawrence.
Ever since the Colts decided to ‘Suck for Luck,’ it has been a trend for teams who need a quarterback to give up on a season, in the hopes of being in a draft position to take the next “can’t miss” quarterback. The Patriots, for the first time since Drew Bledsoe was drafted in 1993, don’t know what the long term answer is at quarterback.
Add in a rash of key players choosing to opt out of this season, and many Patriots fans want to tank for Trevor Lawrence.
Now, no one is denying that Lawrence is the best quarterback in the 2021 draft, but no Bill Belichick-led team is going to have the worst record in the NFL. Miss the playoffs? Maybe, but you can’t say with a straight face that they’ll have a worse record than teams like Washington, Chicago, or Jacksonville.
So, acknowledging that Trevor Lawrence — and, frankly, Justin Fields — will likely be off the board before New England is drafting, who could the Patriots choose at quarterback?
Transfer candidate Trey Lance could be the next great Patriots QB.
Over the offseason, Trey Lance became the guy everyone brought up as the best QB you haven’t heard of him. And, why haven’t you heard of him? He plays at the FCS level, for perennial power North Dakota State.
Last season, as a redshirt freshman, he threw 28 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. This was against a completion percentage of 66.9% and amid another National Championship run for the Bison. Listed at 6-4, the All-American has the prototypical NFL size.
Lance, unlike many college quarterbacks, has experience taking snaps from under center. At the same time, he retains the athleticism that everyone is looking for in a modern quarterback. He rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 Touchdowns in 2019. Accurate throwing to all levels, don’t overlook Lance for his small school status.