By Ryan Roberts | @RiseNDraft
Another week in the books and another round of 2021 NFL Draft questions to make sense of. We have a full slate of Power Five matchups, setting the tone for what should be an interesting rest of the season. With so many cancellations already set for this weekend, we need some fun to get us through the rest of the week.
DOES TREY LANCE NOT TRANSFERRING AND HAVING A SUBPAR SHOWING IN THE SHOWCASE POSSIBLY CAUSE A SLIDE ON DRAFT NIGHT?
There’s so many layers to this conversation. Did Trey Lance help himself in that “showcase game”? Absolutely not. That one game does not sum up his draft stock or encapsulate him as a prospect. If anything, he should not have played that game. It did nothing but make people second guess his potential at the next level.
Transferring on the other hand is something he could have taken advantage of. It was ultimately his decision to make and making a quick move, learning a new offense and getting acclimated to foreign players is a tough situation. However, the label of one-year starter is one that has not been kind to quarterbacks making the transition and coming from the FCS could create some hesitancy.
Does it ultimately hurt his stock? To a degree but it seems highly unlikely that Lance would fall out of the top ten at this point in time. The amount of talent he possesses is staggering and Lance will become one of the more gifted signal-callers in the NFL, the minute he steps foot onto a field on the next level.
IF THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS DON’T HAVE A CHANCE AT JUSTIN FIELDS THIS DRAFT, SHOULD THEY WAIT TO GRAB ONE NEXT SEASON? OR IS THERE A QUARTERBACK IN THIS DRAFT THEY SHOULD PULL THE TRIGGER ON TO GROOM FOR THE FUTURE?
With the importance of the quarterback position, swinging for the fences is recommend. If Fields is off the board, that still leaves the Minnesota native Trey Lance potentially there for the taking! With Kirk Cousins still on the roster, there may not be a better situation for Lance to sit and learn, using the 2021 season as a de facto redshirt season.
Lance in a pro style attack that runs the football a ton and utilizes so much play action can also take advantage of his athletic gifts. There is some conversation about QB3 being wide open with players like BYU quarterback Zach Wilson firmly in position to overtake Lance. However, there will be plenty of believers in Lance. In the right situation, he has a chance to be special.
WHERE IS ZACH WILSON GOING IF THE NFL DRAFT WAS TODAY?
In the constantly quarterback needy NFL, coupled with more than a couple quarterback needy teams at the top, the top ten is very realistic. While this may not necessarily be the general consensus around the league, there seems to be a quarterback that ascends every year and Wilson appears poised to be the one in 2021, should he decide to de declare. It is going to be hard to ignore what Wilson has accomplished this season. Plus the Zach Wilson-to-Carolina fit would seem to be a match made in heaven. It just makes too much sense if they don’t see Teddy Bridgewater as the long term solution. All it takes is one team to fall in love with his talents and a marriage with Joe Brady could prove to be a highly successful one, if the stars align.
DOES DAVIS MILLS GO AHEAD OF TREY LANCE?
The simple answer is no. It was thoroughly enjoyable to watch Davis Mills films during the summer. He possesses all the talent to be a huge riser up draft boards but the unfortunate stop and go of the Pac-12 season has put a bit of a damper on that opportunity. With the current pandemic still looming, it would be hard to envision a scenario where the Stanford quarterback declared early with such a limited resume and opportunity to return to school. There is plenty to like about Davis Mills and he clearly owns the skill-set to covet high consideration by the NFL down the road, however, the timing and circumstance doesn’t appear to be right. If he did elect to opt-in to the draft, it would be unlikely that he is selected ahead of Trey Lance. You are betting a lot on traits with both players and Lance has the better tools.
Another week in the books. You know where we’ll be… same time, same place next week! As the great Ric Serritella once said, It’s a can’t stop-won’t stop situation!”
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