(Stats Perform) – Whether North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance will play his final game with the Bison is the big question that surrounds Saturday’s highly anticipated game with Central Arkansas.
NFL scouts are eyeing the matchup as a showcase for North Dakota State’s 2021 draft prospects. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound Lance, who swept the Stats Perform 2019 Walter Payton and Jerry Rice awards, is often projected to be a first-round pick should he enter the April 29-May 1 draft as a redshirt sophomore.
“His level of preparation is even a step more,” NDSU offensive coordinator Tyler Roehl said last week. “Since he’s seen all these pictures from defenses through an entire season, now he can kind of revert to, ‘Hey, I saw that picture versus X, Y, Z. We got this pressure and we adjusted this way with this game plan.’ Almost being a step ahead.”
Some leading NFL Draft analysts assessed Lance’s skill set and considered whether he is about to play his final college game:
Ric Serritella, NFL Draft Bible
“The current trend around the NFL has teams transitioning to offensive schemes that mimic those at the collegiate level, ones that involve a lot of quick-read options. Lance is an appealing pro prospect due to his dual-threat style of play, prototype size and arm strength to make all the throws necessary at the next level. His decision-making clearly shows that he possesses a high football IQ and he has been a team captain at every level, a testament to his leadership. In addition, he hails from a football family and grew up around the game.
“The level of competition shouldn’t worry evaluators too much, it appears he can compete at an elite level, no matter who the opponent. However, his lack of experience as a one-year starter means