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3 Most Likely NFL Teams to Draft Trey Lance

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Trey Lance didn't play college football for a big-time program, but the North Dakota State Bison quarterback is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The 2019 season was Lance's first as a college starting quarterback, but the 6-foot 3-inch duel threat showed his athleticism and skills while playing in the pistol, the gun, and running the offense from under center.

Lance threw for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns without an interception in 2019, while also adding 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He only played in one game in 2020 as the Bison’s fall season was being canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of course, that elite production came without facing any top-tier defenses in college, and it remains to be seen how Lance will handle the massive step up in competition at the NFL level. His talent and upside are undeniable though, and it's easy to see why NFL teams are excited about him.

Here are three potential or likely landing spots for Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft.

1. Chicago Bears (No. 20 Overall)

The Chicago Bears are in need of a starting quarterback, and Mitch Trubisky is set to be a free agent. Chicago would certainly consider Lance if he's still available at No. 20. But similar to Trubisky's short time as a college starting quarterback, questions will be raised about whether an untested prospect like Lance can step in immediately and be a productive pro. The tool set is strong for Lance, and Chicago has long be waiting for a star to emerge at quarterback.

2. Washington Football Team (No. 19 Overall)

Projected as the third or fourth quarterback to be drafted in the first round, Lance could have a chance to be the face of the Washington Football Team. Head coach Ron Rivera coached Cam Newton and his similar skill sets for the Carolina Panthers, and Lance could step in and also learn from a proven veteran quarterback in Alex Smith. Washington is stacked along the defensive line with first round picks in recent years, and now is in need of a quarterback to lead them after the failures of recent first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.

3. New England Patriots (No. 15 Overall)

The Cam Newton experiment is one-and-done in New England as Newton becomes a free agent. New England has not shown confidence in QB Jarrett Stidham as the teams future starter. Lance has the duel-threat ability and skills that will make him an attractive option for coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to work with and develop.

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