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Trey Lance to 49ers: Projecting No. 3 Pick's Contract with San Francisco

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIApril 30, 2021

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance scrambles 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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Trey Lance could be the next man up under center with the San Francisco 49ers, who selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. The North Dakota State product will join a roster that has Jimmy Garoppolo at the head of it—for now. 

The pick gives Lance a projected $34.1 million deal over the next four years, with $22.16 million as a signing bonus. That will count for $6.2 million against the cap for the 49ers in 2021, per Spotrac.

The 20-year-old is taking the next step after his collegiate career was cut short when North Dakota canceled its 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In his one appearance last year, Lance threw for 149 yards and two scores and added 143 yards and two touchdowns in an exhibition game against Central Arkansas. 

For a more complete picture, his 2019 season represents a better picture of his ability. The 6'4", 224-pounder threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and no interceptions, completing 66.9 percent of his passes. A dual-threat quarterback, he also rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

Despite his lack of his experience—one full year at the FCS level—Lance will factor in to give San Francisco another solid option under center as it looks to improve upon its 2020 campaign.

"I'm a competitor first," Lance said, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "First and foremost, that's my mindset toward it. Just excited to get to, regardless of anywhere. Just to have the opportunity to play in the National Football League, but yeah, I'm going to be as ready as I possibly can to go whenever the coaching staff needs me to go."