Trey Lance Pro Day draws several GMs, head coaches

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North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance got a good turnout of NFL decision makers at his Pro Day workout on Friday.

Among those reported to attend were Jets General Manager Joe Douglas, Falcons General Manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith, Lions head coach Dan Campbell and General Manager Brad Holmes, Panthers General Manager Scott Fritterer and head coach Matt Rhule, Washington General Manager Martin Mayhew, Broncos General Manager George Paton, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace, Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman.

All those GMs and coaches wouldn’t have made the trip to Fargo if Lance weren’t considered a prospect with a lot of potential, and footage from the Pro Day showed Lance making some impressive throws. Lance measured in at 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds.

In his one and only season as North Dakota State’s starter, he had eye-popping stats including a 66.9 percent completion rate, 9.7 yards per pass, 28 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, plus 1,100 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. But Lance will get questioned by some because he was only a starter for one year, because he played at the FCS level, and because in the one game he played in 2020, which was set up by North Dakota State primarily to get him one more opportunity to show what he could do, he did not play particularly well.

44 responses to “Trey Lance Pro Day draws several GMs, head coaches

  1. No Shanahan, no Lynch. Lots of mock drafts have the 49ers taking Lance, but is that really a possibility if neither of those guys will have ever seen him throw in person?

  2. Fools Gold.

    Good QB’s in this draft : Lawrence, Wilson, Mac

    Overrated QB’s in this draft: Fields, Lance

  3. Good to see the Raiders were there. If the Mac Jones hype is real, and some think that Lance could fall a bit, he could end up being an option for the Raiders, or them trading out of the pick for someone who wants to come get him. I think Lance has a good chance to be better than Fields and Jones in this draft, I’m higher on him than a lot of people. So much about QB development in the NFL is about the situation and coaching. If this kid is going to be great, he needs to go to the right place.

  4. I’m sure the Seahawks are looking to see if they want to pursue adding him post-draft as a free agent. With all of their other needs, they can’t afford to use one of their numerically challenged draft picks on a position so solidly set.

  5. Hell end up being one of the best two in this class if he gets coached right.

  6. Well a fee years back my Panthers drafted a young man that only started I believe 12 games. He turned out ok but Lance isn’t Cam but I would be willing to take him with our pick. My list for our QB is Watson, Wilson, Lance and Fields. Where would we need to move up to from 8 to get one of these guys? If we are drafting a QB I would move to second if the Jets would trade it and pull the trigger and the franchise QB of the future. GO AND GO BIG! Just make sure he is the best one for our team

  7. Nice of Pace to show up to remind his colleagues that he once drafted a QB with one year of experience.

  8. He is Raw, but lots of talent in this kid. If you have a QB that can play a year or two for him to learn under, do it. But, if you expect him to come in and start immediately, it might not be the best plan for him or your team in long run. He needs some snaps at the NFL level, albeit preseason/practice to get a feel for the speed and size of the NFL.

    I remember a guy that the chiefs drafted once that had lots of arm and mobility talent. A lot of us were shocked by the pick. But it worked out as the team did the right thing getting him ready to play before throwing him out there.

    Trey will be fun to watch in the NFL. Good luck to all.

  9. Ask the Eagles how Carson Wentz worked out. Its funny how all the bad teams are enamored with the physical tools, and all the good teams just take good football players.

  10. Lions should take their QB now while they are drafting at 7. Let him sit a year or two behind Goff. Long term planning because we aren’t winning in 2021.

  11. Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said given our success with Trubitsky, we love one year players.

  12. Extremely limited experience against subpar competition. Ryan Pace didn’t learn his lesson the first time?

  13. Wow. That super bowl barely just got over, and non-athletic QB Tom Brady won a 7th super bowl. The NFL is a QB league, and the QB position is 95% above the shoulders. Guys like Brady and Joe Montana don’t have the physical characteristics that coaches and GM’s seem to get drunk on every year, so guys like Brady and Montana will never get drafted high. It’s only because of a freak injury that Tom Brady ever saw action on the field. He was a 6th round pick, so obviously none of the other teams had a make-it grade on him. Had Drew Bledsoe not gotten injured, there’s a good chance Brady would have been cut after one season, and not picked up by anyone else. Almost like what Kurt Warner went through. But here we are again, just weeks after watching Brady win #7, looking at physical freaks that coaches drool over and project to be good NFL QB’s with the help of their coaching. The things winning QB’s have can’t be coached. For every Jamarcus Russell or RGIII, there are probably just as many Kurt Warner’s and Tom Brady’s. Most are probably stocking shelves in a grocery store somewhere, having never been given an opportunity to show what they can do. The shocking thing is, these GM’s get paid a lot of money, and I can’t believe they’d all ignore what Tom Brady has been teaching us. I don’t know if Trey Lance can learn to be an NFL QB, but you’d totally be guessing. He certainly hasn’t shown anything that makes an NFL QB succeed. If he’s a high draft pick, he’ll get ample opportunities, and several coaches might even get fired, but those QB’s should go in the later rounds or free agency. If a guy like Tom Brady was holding one of these workouts, nobody would come. If you held some type of athletic competition between all 32 starting QB’s, Brady would come in last place. Pro sports is probably the only industry in the world where the owners know very little about the products they’re selling, so they have very little knowledge of who to hire to run their business. But here are all these GM’s, with the owner’s checkbook in their back pocket, going out to watch a kid do physical things. I can tell you without going to the workout that this kid is an awesome physical specimen. But there isn’t an NFL defense at these workouts. He’s not down by 11 points with 6 minutes to go in the game, and has to perform under pressure, with extra pass rushers and DB’s on the field, ignoring the run because the clock is running out, and they know he has to throw. The great QB’s thrive in those situations. If you think you can just tuck it and run your way to victory, without getting injured, you haven’t been paying attention to the NFL. If that were the case, Michael Vick and RGIII would be guys everybody would be debating about who’s the GOAT. Oh, but this kid had eye-popping stats! Check out Dwayne Haskins’ eye-popping stats at Ohio State.

  14. This will be an interesting draft. Lance & Jones may slide some, but then again, I can see the first 5 picks being QB. N.Y., Miami, Atlanta & Cincy are in prime position to move back just a few spots and still get their 1st or 2nd target (if its not a qb). Cincy is the wild card in this scenario, if Sewell is still on the board at 5, they may not want to trade back, or, other teams may be patient knowing Cincy cannot possibly pass on him.

    I think the top 25 this year is well stacked with talent, there could be a great deal of activity .. then again, teams may just let it play out like they did last year. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun :-))

  15. I am willing to bet no of those that showed up Friday will draft him. It is the old smoke and mirrors time to throw teams off of what your true intentions are. With that said, I am pretty sure someone will draft him but it will be in the late rounds.

  16. I could see a situation where Tre Lance drops into the 20’s similar to where Jordan Love did a year ago. Perhaps, he lands on a playoff caliber team, where he can sit for a year and learn the intricacies and nuances of the NFL before being sent off to battle with limited knowledge.

  17. Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was there too, along with their QB coach.

  18. Picking a quarterback that ends up being good is chance. Trey has made it through the obvious filters such as stats – his are excellent, physical attributes- big guy, etc. At this point, if you need a quarterback, then you pick him , but try to get him for as little draft capital as possible. He will probably suck, but pick enough times and you get a Wilson, brady,etc.

  19. I think Lance is going to end up the 2nd best QB out of this draft. I have no idea why people are down on him; he does exactly what the modern QB does…

  20. Charliecharger says:
    March 13, 2021 at 9:39 am
    ….. It’s only because of a freak injury that Tom Brady ever saw action on the field. … there’s a good chance Brady would have been cut after one season,…..

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    Completely not true. He was absolutely on the radar screen and would not have been cut.

  21. jac1216 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I am willing to bet no of those that showed up Friday will draft him. It is the old smoke and mirrors time to throw teams off of what your true intentions are. With that said, I am pretty sure someone will draft him but it will be in the late rounds.
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    Congratulations on having the worst internet take of the day.

  22. I would still rather have the guy who blistered Bama and Georgia. Kyle Trask.

  23. Something good for Detroit may actually come out of keeping Quinn and Patricia last year when they were at #3. Instead of taking Tua, and making it really hard to draft another QB this year, they left the door open to draft one this year. This kid has a big arm, a quick release, size, and he can run.

  24. Harbaugh was also seen at the Pro Day. He was quoted saying he feels like they’re just a QB away from a Super Bowl appearance.

  25. Not only did pace draft a one year QB. He traded up one spot. And still has a job.

  26. chawk12thman says:
    March 13, 2021 at 6:46 am

    I’m sure the Seahawks are looking to see if they want to pursue adding him post-draft as a free agent.

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    I know this comment was a joke and it sure was funny.
    This kid is definitely going to get drafted and won’t be around to be a “post-draft free agent”.

    The surprise to me is that the Raiders showed up. I imagine Derek Carr feels extremely disrespected.

  27. Not much tread worn off those tires, undefeated college career, w/ 0 interceptions. I knew I went into sales for a reason!

  28. harrisbarton says:
    March 13, 2021 at 5:47 am
    No Shanahan, no Lynch. Lots of mock drafts have the 49ers taking Lance, but is that really a possibility if neither of those guys will have ever seen him throw in person?

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    Generally yes, they already have an understanding of him and evaluation. Not a nines fan one way or the other, but it’s more common than believed for teams to pick players who’s pro days they did not attend or interview.

  29. He might be a good NFL QB but, not a top 10 pick imo. Maybe a round 2 guy but, if a team wants to invest in a QB that can sit and learn for a yr I’d suggest Kyle Trask instead.

  30. Bears frantically trying to trade up to the first pick to take Lance over Lawrence.

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