North Dakota State QB Trey Lance Ready For The Draft: “I’m Confident In Myself”

As the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland closes in, there’s more speculation about which quarterback will be the one to shine.

Everyone knows that Trevor Lawrence is the best QB on the board, but just about everyone has new Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer snagging Lawrence with the 1st overall pick.

There’s still some REALLY good quarterback talent out there in the draft, and one player who is not shy about how he feels about this quarterback draft class is Trey Lance.

The North Dakota State product could find himself playing in a city like San Francisco, who has the 3rd overall pick, or he could fall out of the top 10 all together.

There’s a number of talented throwers in this year’s draft who could become starters sooner rather than later. Here’s a quick list:

BYU QB Zach Wilson
OSU QB Justin Fields
Alabama QB Mac Jones
Florida QB Kyle Trask

Here’s another list of QBs from PFF.com.

Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 scores and NO interceptions for North Dakota State in 2019. He had a QB rating of 180.6

If there’s one thing he’s not lacking entering Thursday’s draft, it’s confidence.

“I’m confident in myself, and I believe in myself,” Lance said.

“I think I have the potential to be the best quarterback in this class. I understand, obviously, there’s gonna be a lot of learning to do, and I think, like I said, just as far as this quarterback class, I want them all to do well. I’m excited to see what they do and rooting for them all the same.”

Lance hasn’t had any indication of where he could go. He set up a second pro day to give San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan a close look. If he’s on the board at No. 4, the Falcons could take him and groom him behind Matt Ryan.

“I’m excited. I’m super excited,” Lance said of the draft this week.

“I don’t know where I’m gonna be at. Obviously, I’ve watched a ton of tape, 49ers, Falcons, whatever it is, football, in general.

“But like I said, I’m excited to find out where I’m going to be. I think I’m going to be able to learn any offense that I’m put into, any system I’m put into, and find a way to be successful. I’m just looking forward to it.

“Don’t know where it’s gonna be. I’m wishing I knew just as much as you guys, if not more. But I’m looking forward to it coming up soon.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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