We are a little more than two days away from the NFL Draft. We’ll find out soon enough whether the San Francisco 49ers select Mac Jones, Trey Lance, or Justin Fields. Everything from now until the time the Niners are on the clock is noise.
Tuesday morning, Lance was kind enough to take the time to sit down with us. We started with the hard-hitting questions.
In North Dakota, they’re known for dipping their fries in either ketchup or ranch. Lance, without hesitation, said he’s a ranch guy. This was not the case before he attended North Dakota State. If you’re like me and can’t stand that idea, Lance said, don’t knock it until you try it.
It’s always entertaining to get an idea about someone else’s background. In Lance’s case, his bedtime was 8 p.m. until his freshman year of high school. Lance said that his parents took his phone, so he wasn’t on it all night until he could drive.
We discussed the most frustrating things Lance has heard about himself during the process, which included everything you’d imagine from playing at the FCS level to the number of games he’s started and his age.
When asked about the feedback the NFL has given Lance regarding where he could improve on as a player, he said this:
Accuracy. Being more aggressive with the football. Everyone knows that playing 17 games is not a whole lot. I understand that, but also, I wouldn’t be in this position if I didn’t believe in myself and my people around me, or my team didn’t believe in me as well.
As I’ve said before, most of Lance’s issues will go away with the more he plays. He’ll figure out where to be more aggressive. He’ll have a better sense of timing and the speed of the game with the reps he has.
Lance said the last six or seven months of not having a game was both a blessing and a curse. He had the opportunity to meet people he otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to, while also being able to throw a lot.
We also discussed Lance working with QB tutor John Beck and what they focused on. Lance went into detail about how he wasn’t using his lower body from a mechanical standpoint as much as he could. He also spoke about how Beck helped him watch the tape and what he learned from Kyle Shanahan’s right-hand man.
Lance went in-depth about his relationship with former NDSU QB Carson Wentz and how he leaned on the former first-rounder for advice.
Here are some of the questions/topics from the rest of the interview:
- Can a rookie QB win a Super Bowl?
- Lance speaks about his relationship with Zach Wilson and Justin Fields
- Commanding respect from his teammates
- Lance tells us how fast he’s been running the 40-yard dash
- What Lance’s walkout song on draft day would be
When we were saying our goodbyes and that we hope to speak with Lance after he’s the No. 3 overall pick, he said, “that’s the plan.”
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