Trey Lance’s second season as a starter at North Dakota State was one-and-done. As in one start and the rest is history. Lance is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Breaking: North Dakota State QB Trey Lance (@treylance09) is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. He tells @YahooSports he's leaving NDSU to focus on training. Lance is a projected first-round pick and the most intriguing prospect in the upcoming draft. https://t.co/Gr1qiOnf7w
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 6, 2020
As we discussed on Sunday, Lance’s performance in a showcase game against Central Arkansas — for which the Bears were in attendance – was generally underwhelming. Because even though he showed off some impressive tools, there is plenty for him to work on in order to round out his game. Hence, Lance is forgoing the rest of his collegiate eligibility to prepare, train, and focus on ramping up for his pro career.
A dud of a one-night affair against Central Arkansas aside, Lance is arguably the most intriguing draft-eligible quarterback prospect in the 2021 class. He finished his college career with a 30-to-1 touchdown interception ratio, 18 rushing touchdowns, and a national championship won as a redshirt freshman. That’s quite the résumé. And to do what he did at his size (6-4, 228 pounds) will definitely put him in consideration to be one of the most touted quarterback prospects in this class.
Lance believes he can be the best quarterback in a class that includes Heisman hopefuls Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. And who am I to tell someone with that kind of confidence that he can’t be at the top of his class. Whether he gets taken before Lawrence or Fields isn’t on our radar now. But that he has essentially been assured that he will be a first-round pick, and that the Bears have a first-round choice (as well as an obvious need at the position) means we can turn our eyes toward following his development as details come out.