Minnesota-born Trey Lance raised eyebrows when he decided to opt out of the 2020 NCAA season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 20-year old quarterback made headlines in 2019 after impressing with North Dakota State University. In 16 starts for the NDSU Bisons, Lance threw for 2,786 yards with 28 passing TDs against zero interceptions.
He further rushed for 1100 yards with 14 rushing TDs. He bagged the Walter Payton award and the Jerry Rice award two years ago for his impressive displays throughout the season. But his stock dropped in 2020, due to various external factors.
Lance announced his decision to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft earlier this year. But with fierce competition in the quarterback department, what lies in store for the starry-eyed kid in 2021?
Reputed NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein joined radio show, The Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game, earlier this week. The talk show host was quick to point out why Trey Lance might be the perfect quarterback for Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers.
He said, “What North Dakota State does, is they’re a full-field-read offense. They set their own protections. They do a lot of outside zone stuff, which is obviously similar. You’ve got boot action if you want to put that in there, you get the big man on the move with the athleticism.”
“It really, because he’s a full-field reader and he’s not one of these like, half-field college quarterbacks, it really blends itself and works with more the layered passing attack that San Francisco likes to run. And of course, Kyle’s (Shanahan) worked a lot more quick game and he’s kind of altered his offense to take in more of what today’s NFL football is which is a copy of college,” Zierlein said on the radio show.
The Red and Gold took a major gamble by trading up to acquire the number 3 overall pick from Miami Dolphins. They are in the mix for a quarterback this summer. The future of Jimmy Garoppolo remains far from uncertain.
The 49ers are reportedly eyeing the likes of Zach Wilson (BYU), Mac Jones (Alabama Crimson Tide), and even Justin Fields (Ohio State). With Lance also up for grabs, who will Kyle Shanahan bet on as the long-term successor to Jimmy G?