Why Chris Simms believes Trey Lance's running ability is overrated

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Why Simms believes Lance's running ability is overrated originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Trey Lance has the potential to be one of the NFL's most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks, on par with that of a Lamar Jackson or even a Josh Allen type of player. 

There's plenty of hype surrounding the 49ers' No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and rightfully so, because of the very obvious tools he already possesses. 

As exciting as a prospect as Lance is, there has been some hesitation surrounding the North Dakota State QB, specifically due to his experience at the collegiate level.

Chris Simms of NBC Sports was asked what he thought of Lance's ability with his feet. 

"I've always liked his running ability," Simms said on the "Chris Simms Unbuttoned Podcast". "I think it's overrated, I guess is what I'm saying. I'd like to see it, yeah. ... The competition was less than (great). I mean, he's playing linebackers that are me. Sorry. And me is not that impressive at linebacker.

"I felt like [his running ability] was overblown during the draft process. He's certainly athletic and can be, yes, a really dangerous runner running the football on, especially with (Kyle) Shanahan's schematics behind it and all of that."

Playing in sub-Division 1 for NDSU for just one full season, there is a point to be made in regards to the talent Lance played against, and his overall experience at the collegiate level. 

"I mean, people at first were trying to make him like he was Lamar Jackson...He's not Lamar Jackson here. I mean, Lamar Jackson was doing it against Florida State with Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James. And they were chasing him, and they couldn't tackle him. Sorry, I haven't seen that from Trey Lance."

"Yes, I think [Lance is] going to be a good runner," Simms explained. "I'm just saying, let's pump the brakes on calling him Lamar or Michael Vick quit yet."

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Lance's lack of experience at the collegiate level, and his lack of experience against true Division 1 talent, are two very valid critiques. 

Whether Lance's exciting, yet raw talent as a dual-threat quarterback will translate to the NFL has yet to be seen. For now, though, his potential is certainly fun to think about. 

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