Daniel Jeremiah: Why Trey Lance could be the best QB in this year's draft


If there's a Trey Lance hype train, consider Daniel Jeremiah one of the passengers.

The NFL Network draft analyst joined CBS Sports Radio's The DA Show on Thursday to discuss the North Dakota State quarterback's pro-level potential, and argued that Lance could ultimately be better than the consensus top pick, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence.

"I watched three games on each guy [last summer]. Three random games. And I might've just plucked the best three games for Trey Lance and the worst three games for Trevor Lawrence, but I had Trey Lance as the top quarterback, just based off those three games," Jeremiah said. "Now, you do the rest of the study, you come to this year, I thought Trevor -- which doesn't get talked about because he's just been the presumed No. 1 guy all the way through -- got a lot better this year from last year with some of the decision-making, and just a little more crisp with his fundamentals, tightening up his release, things like that.

"But, in terms of what Trey can be, Trey's faster. It's close, but I'd say he's faster. He's stronger, got a little bit bigger arm, and he's got more room to grow and travel, because he just hasn't played a lot and Trevor's had a lot more experience at a higher level. So, Trey Lance right now is not what Trey Lance is going to be three years from now."

Lance, who's currently the No. 10 overall prospect on Pro Football Focus' NFL Draft Big Board and the fourth-best quarterback, racked up 4,272 yards of total offense with 30 passing touchdowns and 18 rushing scores across three seasons (19 total games) at North Dakota State. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound redshirt sophomore also set an NCAA record for passing attempts without an interception (287) back in 2019, and during the same season, he was named the top FCS freshman and top FCS player.

Although it remains unclear which team will draft Lance -- Jeremiah's latest mock has the New England Patriots trading up four spots to take him with the No. 11 pick -- he'll become just the sixth quarterback from an FCS program selected in the first round during the common draft era.

The NFL Draft (first round) begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET in Cleveland.

The entire NFL Draft conversation between Jeremiah and DA can be accessed in the video and audio players above.

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