NCAA Football: FCS Championship Game-North Dakota State vs James Madison

Trey Lance celebrates after leading North Dakota State to the FCS title on Jan. 22, 2020.

Hours after the Patriots solidified their quarterback situation by re-signing Cam Newton, their potential quarterback of the future wowed at one of the most anticipated Pro Days in NFL history.

North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft, completed almost every one of his 66 scripted throws inside his home stadium Friday. Lance’s performance was notable because North Dakota State played just one game last year before its conference opted to move football season to the spring. In 2019, Lance led the Bison to a 16-0 record and a national title.

At his Pro Day, Lance measured at 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds. During the draft process, he’s frequently drawn comparisons to Bills quarterback Josh Allen, a former small-school prospect himself who boasts a cannon for an arm and can also hurt defenses as a runner. Lance rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 TDs over his last full collegiate season.

After his Pro Day, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted the 20-year-old had cleaned up his footwork and tightened his delivery.

“You saw more rotation with his upper body. Being able to get a little more turn there is going to help him moving forward,” Jeremiah said. “And the footwork was outstanding.”

Earlier this week, Jeremiah said he believes Lance fits the Patriots’ quarterback mold. He’s projected to go as high as third in the draft, with several quarterback-needy teams selecting in the top 10.

Lance’s evaluation is clouded by his lack of recent tape and lower-level competition. However from a physical standpoint, he’s regarded as highly — if not higher — than any other quarterback prospect in this class.

The Pats are scheduled to make their first pick at 15th overall.

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