Vikings' Rick Spielman among NFL execs at Trey Lance pro day

The Vikings doing their due diligence on one of the draft's top QB prospects.
Publish date:
Trey Lance

Vikings GM Rick Spielman is among the flock of NFL talent evaluators at NDSU's pro day in Fargo on Friday, and NDSU just so happens to be the home of one of the NFL Draft's top-rated quarterback prospects: Trey Lance. 

According to WDAY's Taylor Budge, "almost all" 32 NFL teams are represented at the Bison Pro Day to see Lance, offensive tackle Dillon Radunz (Becker High School in Minnesota) and cornerback Marquise Bridges. 

It's not clear who exactly Spielman is most interested in, but the Vikings are likely in the market for Kirk Cousins' eventual replacement, and getting offensive line help will certainly be a goal, especially after Minnesota released starting left tackle Riley Reiff. 

Most mock drafts have Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson as the first two quarterbacks off the board in the April 29 draft, followed by Justin Fields, Lance and Mac Jones. It's possible that all five quarterbacks are draft in the first round, perhaps even in the top 15 picks. 

The Vikings hold the No. 14 selection in the draft, meaning Lance could easily be a target if Minnesota feels the need to take a quarterback that early. 

Lance, a Marshall, Minnesota native, threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns, and zero interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2019. He also ran for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns while helping NDSU claim its eighth FCS National Championship in the past nine seasons.

NDSU's 2020 season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, though Lance did play in NDSU's exhibition game against Central Arkansas in September. 

Next Up


Teenage drivers involved in deadly head-on crash on Highway 55

The collision happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

lake water

Man hanging onto overturned canoe rescued from northern MN lake

The man was taken to the hospital after suffering from hypothermic medical conditions.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies in Minneapolis shooting Thursday night

Police believe the victim and suspect were familiar with each other.


Pair escape uninjured as plane crashes moments after takeoff

It crashed about a half mile southwest of Faribault Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 4.12.50 PM

For The Week: Making cocktails at home? Here's how to do it right

Lindsay Guentzel's For The Week column features simple food and drink tips.

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.


HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.


Trey Lance

NDSU's Trey Lance declares for NFL Draft

The Marshall, Minn. native is one of the top prospects in this year's class

Trey Lance

Trey Lance could be top NFL Draft prospect in 2021

The Marshall, Minn. native is starting to gain steam ahead of next season.

Trey Lance

Trey Lance thought he was going to play QB for the Gophers

Quite the recruiting miss by the Gophers and every other Power 5 team.

Trey Lance

NFL scouts flock to Fargo to watch Trey Lance on Saturday

A report suggests 28 teams will be present to watch the NDSU star.

Rick Spielman

Takeaways from Rick Spielman's pre-draft media session

The Vikings GM touched on Stefon Diggs, Anthony Harris and their plans in the NFL Draft.

Trey Lance

MN native Trey Lance looks like the next great NDSU QB

Trey Lance racked up six touchdowns in his first college start.

Rick Spielman, Zygi Wilf

NFL fines 3 Vikings execs $10K, strips draft pick for salary cap violation

The misuse of the salary cap stemmed from the 2019 season.

Trey Lance

With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

With a strong class, this year might be the time to select Kirk Cousins' successor.