7/6/20: Lance produced a huge 2019 season, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The redshirt freshman also ran for 1,100 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground. His rushing yardage was actually even bigger, but college football deducts sack yardage from a quarterback's rushing totals.
From a skill-set perspective, Lance fits in with other other recent first-round prospects. His size, arm strength, running ability, and big-play potential is in line with other Round 1 quarterbacks. As a passer, Lance definitely has NFL ability. He has a strong arm capable of making all the throws for the pro level. Lance shows the ability to fire fastballs to the sideline and has no problem airing out deep balls. Overall, Lance has good accuracy, and his deep ball precision is very impressive. One of Lance's impressive traits in 2019, especially for such a young player, was his poise. Lance was very calm in the pocket, and when the rush was closing around him, it seemed to be a non-factor to him.
In speaking to some team sources who saw Lance in person while scouting North Dakota State, they felt Lance has NFL potential, but they need to see more before feeling he is worthy of being a high first-round pick. "I think he's a very good player, but at that position, I'm a firm believer in body of work and he has a very small sample size at this point," said a national scout. "He's got tools to work, and he's not the first young pup to be pushed up. Every year there's someone, but we have to let it play out." "Recent history has not been kind to the 1-year-wonder surge guys. It has not been ideal for the picks of guys like Mitch Trubisky, Blake Bortles, Dwayne Haskins, DeShone Kizer, Paxton Lynch, etc. At [Lance's] level of competition, you definitely want to have more than good season. I like him though, but not ready to crown him just yet.
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