General manager Joe Douglas is one of the NFL personnel in attendance for North Dakota State’s pro day on Friday, as reported by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
Breer is the only known Jets representative in Fargo for Lance’s pro day, although the team is permitted to send three members of the organization.
It’s unclear if other Jets representatives — namely head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur — will be attending as well.
Could the NY Jets consider Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft?
Lance is widely considered to be one of the top signal-callers in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft class. Although he may not be receiving the same attention as the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Justin Fields, perhaps no one in the class has a higher ceiling than Lance.
With otherworldly talent and natural gifts that most NFL quarterbacks can only dream of, the sky is truly the limit for Lance. His combination of arm talent and athleticism has scouts projecting what he could become.
But he’s also probably the biggest wild card in the entire draft process.
Lance started all 16 games in his redshirt freshman year at NDSU and put the college football world on notice. En route to another national championship, Lance threw for 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes.
He passed for 2,786 yards and ran for another 1,100 and 14 scores on the ground. Lance was the best player at the FCS level and many were excited about his future.
But as far as the scouting process goes, that’s about all the tape teams have to analyze.
Save for a one-game exhibition in 2020, Lance didn’t play this past year as the FCS season was pushed back to the spring as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With just 17 starts under his belt, all at the FCS level, Lance is as unproven as they come. But he’ll be just 20-years-old when Week 1 rolls around, giving hope that he could continue to develop in the NFL.
Drafting Lance with the No. 2 overall pick would undoubtedly surprise a lot of people. It would be a swing for the fences, and there’s no guarantee that Lance is even ready to start Week 1.
It’s not out of the question, hence why the Jets are attending his pro day. But at least at the moment, it’s certainly not the likely outcome.
Douglas and the Jets are doing their due diligence though. And if they fall in love with Trey Lance in Fargo, who knows what might happen.
All options remain on the table.