The Patriots could target Trey Lance in the NFL Draft but it won’t be easy.
Once upon a time, North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance was viewed as a potential steal late in the first round or early in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. But somehow, even with him opting out of the 2020 season and the Bison not even playing any games until the spring, his draft stock continues to rise.
And that’s bad news for the New England Patriots. They were previously viewed as a possible destination for the stud dual-threat QB, who won an FCS National Championship his freshman season in 2019. Even if the season ended today and the Pats picked 15th overall, there’d be a good chance they wouldn’t get him.
The latest from Patriots insider Jeff Howe of The Athletic shines more light on it all.
"“Trey Lance’s days in the shadows are numbered. The 20-year-old, small-town sensation went undefeated in 17 starts at North Dakota State and rapidly became one of the most decorated Football Championship Subdivision players in history — never once throwing an interception during the Bison’s national championship season in 2019 — but his stage hasn’t attracted the same spotlight as Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields or even BYU’s Zach Wilson.“If Lance blows up the NFL scouting combine later this winter, as those around him expect, he’ll become — for quarterback-needy teams like the Patriots — one of the most coveted prospects in the draft, potentially even putting himself in the conversation for the second overall pick behind Lawrence.”"
Who knew that his National Championship performance against James Madison last January didn’t put him on the map? Though he was only 6-of-10 for 72 yards, he carried the ball 30 times for 166 yards and a score, which came on a 44-yard scamper on 3rd and 23 at the start of the fourth quarter to fully break the Duke Dogs’ back.
The kid’s stock is at an all-time high and he hasn’t played football in 11 months. All it’s going to take is a good pro day or an eye-opening performance at the NFL Combine to fully put him out of the Patriots’ range, if he isn’t already. Ohio State’s Justin Fields seems to be plummeting down some mocks due to some uninspiring performances this year, which will only make Lance more of a commodity.
Nonetheless, any Pats fan hoping for the team to land Lance should temper their expectations. At this point, if things continue on this trajectory, Bill Belichick will have to put together a serious package of draft picks to move up and get the youngster as his QB of the future.