Trey Lance 'Has the Biggest Upside of Anyone in This Draft,' Says NFL QBs Coach

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 21, 2021

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance throws at the school's football NFL Pro Day Friday, March, 12, 2021, in Fargo, North Dakota. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton- King)
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Trey Lance is arguably the biggest unknown in the 2021 NFL draft, but the North Dakota State star has scouts salivating about the kind of player he could be. 

Per Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, one anonymous quarterbacks coach who works with an NFL team believes Lance "has the biggest upside of anyone in this draft."

There are several questions that NFL teams are asking themselves about Lance leading up to the draft. He only played one game last year before the FCS suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lance has just one full season as a starting quarterback in 2019. The Minnesota native was great in that year with 2,786 passing yards, 1,100 rushing yards, 42 total touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Per Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus, Lance's 319 passing attempts in college are by far the fewest of any of the top quarterback prospects in this year's class:

Mike Renner @PFF_Mike

Career passing attempts from the top QBs in the draft: Kellen Mond: 1,370 Trevor Lawrence: 1,147 Zach Wilson: 841 Kyle Trask: 815 Justin Fields: 622 Mac Jones: 560 Davis Mills: 442 Trey Lance: 319 👀

Despite some concerns about how quickly Lance can adapt to the NFL, there are reasons for teams to be intrigued by his raw talent. He showed off arm strength and accuracy during his second pro day workout in front of teams on Monday. 

At just 20 years old, Lance is the youngest quarterback in this class. He could end up being the best player from this draft class if he's able to hit his ceiling with an NFL team.