All eyes will be on former North Dakota State’s QB Trey Lance Monday as he has his second pro day. The San Francisco 49ers will be well represented as they’ll have general manager John Lynch, head coach Kyle Shanahan, and QB coach Rich Scangarello in Fargo, North Dakota, to watch Lance.
The Niners won’t be the only team on-hand watching Lance. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Atlanta Falcons, who select No. 4, the Broncos, who pick No. 9, and the Patriots, who are outside of the top-10, will all be in attendance.
Lance shouldn’t be overlooked as the future for the 49ers. He’s a cerebral quarterback who fits the mold of building a quarterback from the ground up. Lance has the strongest arm in the draft to go along with being the best runner. We spoke about why Lance doesn’t have to sit for a year, which is contrary to popular belief.
Think about where Lance has issues, whether that’s timing, accuracy, or other small issues. Now think about how Lance will improve. It isn’t by sitting on the bench. There will be lumps with Lance. That’d be the same case with Lawrence, Wilson, Fields, or Jones, too. Based on what he was asked to do at NDSU, I’d argue that Lance is just as if not more ready to play than any QB. It’s all narrative, groupthink, and age/experience-based when it comes to Lance. He’s a stud.
Monday will be Lance’s last shot to impress Shanahan and company, who will reportedly be hands-on during Lance’s workout as he was with Fields.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted Sunday night that Shanahan asked Lance to work with QB coach John Beck, which we told you about last week. Wilson, Fields, and Lance are the three QBs working with Beck, who feels like an extension of Shanahan at this point.
The Athletic’s Matt Barrows reported that Beck and Shanahan often speak, as Kyle wants to know how the draft QBs are progressing. If Lance has done enough in the past few weeks under Beck, then he’ll be in a strong position headed into today to prove himself.
It seems like quite the leap to go from a freshman at NDSU to being selected No. 3 overall two years later without playing multiple games a year in between, but based on the teams in attendance, Lance is going in the top four.
Ten more days until the draft is here and the speculation ends.