5 quarterbacks the Panthers could land in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Trey Lance – North Dakota State

Trey Lance is going to be one of the hottest names discussed during the evaluation process. The North Dakota State quarterback hasn’t seen much in the way of competitive action during the 2020 season due to COVID-19. But he represents a feast or famine prospect that could end up being taken in the top-10 next spring.

Lance lit up the college football world last season on his way to 2,786 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also completed 66.9 percent of his passes and recorded an eye-catching passer rating of 180.6 to further enhance his ever-growing reputation.

The signal-caller has a rare ability to come up with almost every throw possible to move the chains. His pocket awareness is tremendous considering Lance only had one full year under center and the player is mobile enough to make plays on the run when required.

However, anyone taking Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft with a high-end selection does so at their own risk.

Lance comes from a small school program, so the competition isn’t that great. His one game in 2020 came with plenty of inconsistencies and it will be a long time before the prospect sees anything in the way of meaningful reps on the field other than practice before he hears his name called.

The Carolina Panthers might be in a position where they take Lance if available and have him sit behind Teddy Bridgewater during his rookie year. This would allow room to grow and learn behind a veteran before assuming command of the position in time for the 2022 season.