If you read enough scouting reports on Trey Lance ahead of the 2021 NFL draft, it was a borderline consensus that the North Dakota State quarterback has plenty of upside but is unpolished and may be best served being groomed behind a veteran quarterback for a year or so.
But the San Francisco 49ers—who have such a veteran in Jimmy Garoppolo—reportedly don't agree with that assessment. Instead, they believe Lance is the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's rookie class, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
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.@AdamSchefter dropped this on the @UnderdogFantasy stream moments ago. <br><br>49ers thought Lance was a smarter QB than Mac Jones, and felt that Mac was not as ready to play as Trey Lance year one. The Georgia tape from Mac would probably agree with that tbh.https://t.co/lo8zBJW19i pic.twitter.com/QKiNG057Pr
San Francisco thus may enter the 2021 season with a quarterback competition between Garoppolo and Lance. Granted, the latter will have to prove he's actually ready to hit the ground running.
Oh, and that he was worth the Niners trading three first-round picks and a third-rounder to move up to No. 3 and draft him. No pressure, kid.