Atlanta Falcons: Legitimate interest developing in QB Trey Lance

Some legitimate interest forming in QB Trey Lance from the Atlanta Falcons

There’s some legitimate interest forming in the Atlanta Falcons camp when it comes to potentially taking QB Trey Lance with the No. 4 overall pick.

Atlanta Falcons GM Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith were both in attendance for the North Dakota State’s Pro Day showcase Friday and, by all accounts, he only helped his draft stock.

Lance showed impressive arm strength, timing and accuracy during the controlled outing and he looked comfortable out there, as well.

One note of intrigue from the day was reported by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. Breer said that Lance was running elements of both Kyle Shanahan (49ers) and Arthur Smith’s offensive schemes during the showcase.

“The idea was simple for Avery and Lance, and that was to show the part that all those teams, and Lance himself, missed in the fall: the football itself,” Breer said. “As part of that effort, Avery plucked concepts from a number of different NFL schemes—pieces of Kyle Shanahan’s Niners offense, and what Falcons coach Arthur Smith did in Tennessee, for example, are incorporated—to try to give the teams there a feel for how Lance projects.”

The Atlanta Falcons are legitimate contenders for Trey Lance and he can tell by their interest

You’re not going to showcase things in a specific offensive scheme unless you know that the masters of that offensive scheme are watching and paying attention.

Lance has been forecasted to the Falcons in several NFL Mock Drafts and those are only going to heat up following his performance on Friday.

While many believe the Falcons should stay away from drafting a quarterback, no one can deny the interest that has been built in Lance.

If the Atlanta Falcons were to draft Lance in April, he would be coming in as a backup QB to Matt Ryan. He would be given the opportunity to develop and learn under Ryan while hopefully being primed to take over in the future.

Lance has the potential to be an extremely successful dual-threat QB at the next level and, with the right mentorship and coaching, the sky is the limit for what he might be able to accomplish.