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The San Francisco 49ers selected North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.  Lance was the third quarterback selected behind first overall pick Trever Lawrence out of Clemson and second overall pick Zach Wilson out of BYU.


Lance is a Marshall Minnesota native who's father Carlton Lance played Division II college football at Southwest Minnesota State. Carlton actually signed a two-week tryout contract with San Francisco after college, but failed to make the team.  He played cornerback in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and one year in Europe.


Lance said he was surprised by being selected 3rd overall, but feels he couldn't be in a better position...




Lance has critics due to not only playing FCS football, but being just a one year starter at NDSU.  Lance was a part of two FCS National Championship teams at NDSU, but played just one season as a full time starter.  After winning the 2019 FCS National Championship, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the 2020 season.  After the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced it would conduct a spring football season, Lance announced he would not take part and instead entered the NFL draft.  


Lance says he accepts those critiques of his choices and calls the whole process a job interview...




The 49ers traded up to #3 to pick a quarterback.  There was wide speculation before the draft the 49ers preferred Alabama quarterback Mac Jones instead of someone like Lance.  49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says from the moment they made the trade Lance was the guy...