Trey Lance NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for San Francisco 49ers QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance rushes against Central Arkansas in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Fargo, N.D. North Dakota State won 39-28. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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— Good height and weight at the QB position. Has a thick build that will only get stronger as he gets older.

— Mechanically very sound already, despite the small amount of games played. Polished and consistent with his footwork while both under center and in the shotgun.

— Played in an offense that featured a wide variety of passing concepts and handled them well at a young age. Required to make progressions on dropbacks and also asked to throw on the move and was able to shine in both.

— Very good pocket movement and does a good job of consistently keeping his eyes downfield. Scrambles only out of necessity and shows toughness in the pocket. Willing to stand in to deliver throws with pressure bearing down.

— Good athlete who can handle all QB run concepts. Can make defenses pay in man coverage or when bringing pressure by tucking and running. Also a good thrower of the ball on the move, able to make things happen out of structure.

— Good eyes pre- and post-snap. Shows an advanced understanding of the game already, with a work ethic to add to it. Consistently understands coverages quickly and does not panic.

— Has very good arm strength at all three levels. Can hit field outs on time and on line. Has the ability to consistently uncork accurate deep throws that can punish a defense throughout a game.



— Has a tight, consistent release but has a longer over-the-top delivery.

— Scheme was varied but very QB-friendly.

— Can sometimes be robotic with his footwork that will cause him to be a tad late on throws. Has the arm strength to overcome it most of the time, but it can get him in trouble on more vertical throws.

— Accuracy can become randomly sporadic. Can overstride when feeling late and tries to "aim" his throws in. Some of this was also because of situations he had to throw in (i.e. 3rd-and-long situations).

— Just hasn't played a lot of football and played on a dominant team at the FCS level.



1 G, 15-of-30 (50%), 149 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

15 ATT, 143 YDS, 2 TD 



— North Dakota State only played one game during the fall of 2020.

— 2019 Unanimous All-American

— 2019 Walter Payton Award winner



Trey Lance is a true outlier of a QB prospect who shows more polish and football IQ than his initial background would suggest. Lance has a nice blend of height, weight and build for the QB position, and he plays with smooth and polished mechanics that can borderline on being robotic. Lance is a good athlete alongside his size and play strength, which makes him a viable weapon on QB run concepts and also makes him a tough body to pull down in the pocket.

Lance plays with polish throughout his game and has very good eyes pre-snap, identifying protections for his OL and RB and showing the consistent ability to communicate to his teammates in a calm manner while also playing quickly post-snap. Lance still has room to grow, both literally because of his build and young age but also in terms of consistency and accuracy, as he'll spray the ball when feeling late on a throw or try to gun a ball into contested spaces. Lance is a really fun blend of size, intelligence, athleticism and very good arm strength that is only ascending upwards.

He will take some time to develop his consistency as a thrower and to the speed of the NFL game, but Lance's natural traits and work ethic make his upside sky-high, with more nuance to his game that suggests his floor is higher than meets the eye.


GRADE: 8.8/10 (Immediate impact starter, 1st round)




Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice


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