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NDSU's Trey Lance could be top NFL Draft prospect in 2021

The Marshall native is starting to gain steam ahead of next season.
Trey Lance

The North Dakota State football program has established itself as a powerhouse in the Football Championship Subdivision, but another claim to fame for the Bison could be bringing quarterbacks to the NFL.

Four years after the Philadelphia Eagles selected Carson Wentz second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Bison have another promising prospect in sophomore quarterback Trey Lance.

Lance's first season as a starting quarterback at NDSU was a rousing success, as he threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns, and no interceptions while leading the Bison to their eighth national title in the past nine seasons.

While Lance's passing ability is pristine, his ability to run is even better. The redshirt freshman ran for 1,100 yards with 14 touchdowns last season and has the added ability to lower his shoulder and pick up tough yardage.

Lance's dual-threat game has gained the attention of national draft analysts as ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. named him his biggest under-the-radar prospect for the 2021 draft.

"When you watch this kid play, with his legs, with his arm, you talk about flawless," Kiper said of Lance. "This is his second year and with that kind of talent [at NDSU], he's going to move way up in this program...and we've seen what [Wentz] has been able to do."

Lance has another fan in Rotoworld lead draft analyst Thor Nystrom, who laments that the Gophers didn't offer the Marshall, Minn. native a scholarship, but also sees him as a prospect to watch in 2021.

"He's just a really fun prospect," Nystrom said of Lance on The Homer Horn Podcast. "He's a long kid and he's got an absolute hose of an arm and he doesn't make any mistakes...he's a guy that I'm very excited to see more of this year."

NDSU will be a favorite to win the FCS title in 2020 (whenever a season takes place), but with all of his weapons returning to Fargo next season, it could see Lance put up monster numbers and push Ohio State's Justin Fields as the second-best quarterback in the draft behind Clemson's Trevor Lawrence.

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