Future Watch: Trey Lance Could Transform the 49ersFuture Watch: Trey Lance Could Transform the 49ers – The San Francisco 49ers selected Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. General Manager John Lynch, a former NFL star, kept the information close to the vest until minutes before selecting the pick. The third pick was the first real pivotal place to pick in this draft because the first two picks were all but decided.
Lance starred at Marshall Senior High School in Marshall, Minnesota. His dad Carl played college football as well in the CFL and World League of American Football, so him helping his son early on was positive. While in high school, Lance was considered the top quarterback in the state. Lance tried to stay local, but the University of Minnesota wasn’t interested in him, so he committed to North Dakota instead.
Like most commits, Lance was redshirted for most of his first season in 2018 but did get into two games where he recorded two rushing touchdowns.
In 2019, he threw 28 touchdowns against no interceptions. He set an NCAA record for the most passing attempts without a pick. He ran for 1,100 yards and a touchdown as well. After leading his team to the NCAA Division, I Football Championship Game, North Dakota won, and Lance was the MVP. After that, he won the Walter Payton Award, denoting he was the FSC’s best offensive player. Additionally, he also won the Jerry Rice Award as well as the FSC’s best freshman. What a year!
2020 was a lost season for the star quarterback. He played in only one exhibition game due to COVID-19. Instead of playing in games in early 2021, again because of the pandemic, he opted out to get ready for the NFL Draft.


Lance is 6-4, 224 pounds, and has a strong arm with the speed of a running back. He’s very strong strong in the pocket, but at North Dakota, the prospect had all day to throw at times. That won’t be the case in the NFL, so there will be an adjustment Lance will have to make. With all that said the fact that he runs around 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He didn’t run at his pro day.
Lance is just 20, so there will be some maturing that happens naturally. It will be interesting to see if he sits for a bit to learn. If Jimmy Garoppolo is still there when the season starts, it’s likely the veteran will start the season, and Lance will be used in a few packages a game, something like that to ease him into the pro game.
The 49ers have a quarterback with massive upside, and from a collecting perspective, that’s exactly what you want. He’s a must collect, and there’s no telling how good he can be? Is it possible that he turns out to be the best of the bunch? Yes, and the 49ers are surely hoping that’s the case. All eyes will be on him when the second round of OTAs start this month.

Future Watch: Trey Lance Could Transform the 49ers – Stats

Passing Table
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
2018 North Dakota State MVC FR QB 2 1 1 100.0 12 12.0 12.0 0 0 200.8
2019 North Dakota State MVC SO QB 16 192 287 66.9 2786 9.7 11.7 28 0 180.6
2020 North Dakota State MVC JR QB 1 15 30 50.0 149 5.0 4.8 2 1 107.1
Career North Dakota State 208 318 65.4 2947 9.3 11.0 30 1 173.8
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 5/5/2021.

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