NDSU QB Lance solid at pro day workout … North Dakota State Trey Lance had a solid, albeit sometimes inconsistent pro day workout in Fargo earlier today. No question Lance has arm talent; he has a quick, easy release and the ball just pops out of his hand. He also moves well in the pocket and throws well on the run. Lance went through a scripted 66-pass workout, but more throws than one would expect a top prospect throwing against air were a little off target. For those interested here is a video of every pass today. If there were any blemishes today, figure that interested NFL teams will see them. That’s because as many as 9 NFL teams had either their general manager or coach or both in Fargo today for Lance’s workout including include NY Jets’ G.M. Joe Douglas; Atlanta G.M. Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith; Detroit G.M. Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell; Carolina G.M. Scott Fitterer and coach Matt Rhule; Denver G.M. George Paton; Las Vegas G.M. Mike Mayock; Minnesota G.M. Rick Spielman; Washington G.M. Martin Mayhew; and Chicago G.M. Ryan Pace and coach Mike Nagy. That group include 5 of the teams with the first 9 picks this year including the Jets who have the 2nd pick overall this year, while Atlanta picks 4th, Detroit 7th, Carolina 8th and Denver 9th. As we have noted in the past, often who attends a particular pro day can be as revealing as how the player performs suggesting that in general the league has a pretty good grade on Lance as teams generally don’t send senior execs, especially in the middle of a pandemic, to see players they don’t already have highly rated. It also didn’t go unnoticed that the team that appeared to monopolize Lance’s pots-workout time was Carolina. Bottom line is that Lance, who measured in at a solid 6-4, 224 but has somewhat smallish hands for a QB at just 9 inches, likely didn’t do anything to hurt his grade, but the jury is still out whether it was enough to push him any higher.
Meanwhile, Lance’s NDSU personal protector, OT Dillon Radunz also had a nice day today. Radunz, a late first, early second round prospect for the upcoming draft, measured in at 6-5.5, 301, had a 32-inch vertical leap, managed 24 reps in the BP, ran the 40 in 5.11 and had a very good (for an OL) 3-cone time of 7.27 which would have been the best number at the 2020 combine, although not every player necessarily participated in that event.