Jerry Rice predicted 49ers' pick of 'special' Trey Lance in NFL draft

Rice forecasted 49ers preparing Lance, understood he’d be unique initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Trey Lance has much to show if and when he takes control of the 49ers’ beginning quarterback position. But he’s got a great deal of individuals rooting for him and wagering that he’ll decrease in history — consisting of the best pass receiver of perpetuity.

Jerry Rice is on board the Trey Lance buzz train, beginning with even prior to the 49ers took him with the No. 3 general choice in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“I knew Trey was going to be special from the first day I talked to him,” Rice stated in an interview with Boardroom. “I informed him right prior to the draft, ‘You’re going to be a San Francisco 49er.’ He resembled, ‘No way, no way.’”

As it turned out, the 49ers went with Lance out of North Dakota State, betting on him as their quarterback of the future. The current situation under center is fluid and perhaps a bit awkward, as the 49ers have been unable so far to find a trade partner to take Jimmy Garoppolo, which would clear the way for Lance to take over the helm.

Regardless, when that day happens, Rice is already sold on Lance’s qualities as a dual-threat quarterback.

“This guy, he has all the tools,” Rice stated. “He’s got that rocket arm. And the thing too that he’s going to bring to the table: mobility. Being able to get outside, extend plays, do all of those things and still have the vision downfield where he can use that arm to get the ball to his playmakers.”

Rice included that he thinks Lance is not simply a terrific professional athlete, “but he’s going to inspire everyone around him to be great.”

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Lance informed Boardroom that he initially satisfied Rice when the quarterback won the Jerry Rice Award for the country’s most impressive freshman gamer in the FCS in 2019.

“The type of person he is and the energy he has every day? It’s hard not to get inspired,” Lance stated of Rice.

Lance is simply 22, and he will likely have some growing discomforts when he enters a full-time NFL beginning function. But with coaches like Rice in his corner, the child will have a lot of tools and resources to make the 49ers’ financial investment in him settle.

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