Trey Lance is a name that has been rising up draft boards around the NFL over the last few months. The quarterback from North Dakota State is widely expected to be a top-10 selection in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Now, it appears that the Denver Broncos could be a potential landing spot for him via trading up.
Over the last few months, rumors have been swirling that the Broncos could look to add competition for young quarterback Drew Lock. John Elway has been a fan of Lock, but he has yet to prove that he can be the face of the future for Denver. Bringing in Lance would certainly provide an intriguing quarterback competition.
In the latest mock draft from Pro Football Focus, they have the Broncos trading up to select Lance at No. 4 overall. The Atlanta Falcons currently own the No. 4 pick, but they could be open to moving back to pick up more draft capital.
The addition of Lance gives Denver one of the most talented quarterbacks in a loaded 2021 class and a better opportunity to find their guy at the game’s most important position.
Should the Broncos actually look to make this move, it would be interesting to see who would end up being the Week 1 starter. Lance has big long-term potential, but there are some concerns about the competition level he played at in college. He has never seen anything close to an NFL defense.
During the strange COVID-19 altered college football season, Trey Lance completed completed 15 of his 30 pass attempts for 149 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Back in 2019 with the Bison, Lance racked up 2,786 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and no interceptions, while completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He also ran for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019.
Lance would be worth the risk for the Broncos. They have great weapons in tight end Noah Fans and wide receivers Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Courtland Sutton. All they need is a consistent quarterback who can lead them to Super Bowl contention.
Elway and company have done a great job of building their roster with young talent. Lance may not be the biggest need for the team, but he certainly could be a long-term option at quarterback.
Expect to see the Broncos look to remain busy in the upcoming NFL Draft. Trey Lance may not end up being their pick, but trading up for him could be a legitimate option.