In the three-quarterback race to become the San Francisco 49ers‘ third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, North Dakota State University’s Trey Lance is currently pulling up the rear. But all that could change over the next 24 hours.
Lance is hosting his second pro day on Monday, April 19, just 10 days before draft night. And while 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch were not on hand for the 20-year-old quarterback’s first public workout, they will be in attendance for tryout number two.
Jeremy Fowler, football reporter for ESPN, appeared on SportsCenter Sunday to speak to San Francisco’s state of mind when it comes to the young signal caller out of North Dakota State.
NFL draft buzz from @SportsCenter
*Trey Lance can impact 49ers’ decision at pro day
*Justin Fields’ Zoom work with top teams
*Who might move up or down on top 10, starting with Atlanta pic.twitter.com/KXzV1ylpOm
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 18, 2021
“The 49ers are taking this with an open mind, a broad approach,” Fowler said. “They’re still looking at all those quarterbacks. So, with no Combine this year, lack of game film, these pro days take on a heightened importance. So, they want to see Lance in play-action, moving around, mobility, tailoring things toward what maybe the 49ers would do on offense.”
Lance’s Pro Day Could Change Everything for the 49ers
Not long after Lance announced plans to hold a second pro day, the 49ers team of decision makers announced their intention to attend.
The news signaled that San Francisco’s reported interest in Crimson Tide Quarterback Mac Jones may not be as rock solid as NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Mel Kiper Jr. have recently asserted.
Much the same as Ohio State QB Justin Fields did at his second showcase, Lance will incorporate throws and drills specific to 49ers practices into the workout.
Lance Will Face Stiff Competition in Quest to Become 49ers Pick
According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, Fields (-140) is the betting favorite to be the 49ers first overall selection with the third pick in the draft. Lance (+450) is solidly in third behind Jones (+110), according to BetMGM.
While the odds are as much of a reflection of public perception surrounding the potential draft choices as they are a prediction of who the 49ers will ultimately choose, the betting lines indicated that Lance will have to put on quite the show to play his way into serious contention as the No. 3 pick. On Sunday, Fowler agreed.
“There’s been a lot made about Fields and his decision-making, how he reads the field from the pocket,” Fowler said. “But I’ve talked to sources who said both the 49ers and other teams in the top 10 have been pleased with his productive Zoom meetings with those teams, discussing how he makes decisions from the pocket, how he prepares for games, all those things. They’ve been happy with that.”
“So, if the 49ers don’t go Fields, it’s not because they don’t like him,” Fowler continued. “It’s just because maybe they love somebody else.”