FARGO — The election of the first round draft picks in the NFL is still several months away, but another reputable analyst has some early good news for a couple of North Dakota State prospects.
Matt Miller, the lead NFL reporter for Bleacher Report, has quarterback Trey Lance going as the seventh overall pick to Washington and offensive tackle Dillon Radunz going as the 21st pick in the first round to Carolina.
"The Dwayne Haskins experiment is over in Washington, and new head coach Ron Rivera will have a chance to choose his own quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft," Miller wrote about Lance. "With (Trevor) Lawrence and (Justin) Fields off the board, the team will have Trey Lance on the board and should be very excited about a quarterback with arguably the most potential of any in the class."
Miller has four quarterbacks in his top 10 picks, with Zach Wilson of BYU going to New England as the ninth pick.
Miller points to Radunz as a complement to Carolina's projected first round pick of Fields.
"Dillon Radunz will get knocked for his level of competition at North Dakota State, but many NFL evaluators believe he has the tools to be a potential top-10 pick if he shows up at the Senior Bowl and dominates as expected," he wrote. "Radunz will never wow athletically like other top tackle prospects, but his technique and toughness are exactly what scouts love and are why he has a chance to be the second tackle drafted or at worst a late first-rounder."
Lance, last month, declared his intentions to come out early for the draft after playing just one season. Radunz is forgoing the spring Missouri Valley Football Conference season to prepare for the draft.