49ers NFL Draft: 2 North Dakota State prospects to pair with Trey Lance

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Cordell Volson, North Dakota State Bison
North Dakota State offensive lineman Cordell Volson (OL54) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers NFL Draft target No. 2: Cordell Volson, Offensive Tackle

The next best North Dakota State prospect who would be beneficial to pair with Trey Lance would be offensive tackle Cordell Volson.

Volson is a mountain of a man, standing at 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds with an athletic ability that would throw you off if you understood the depth of it.

When he was in high school at Drake-Anamoose, he was a dual-athlete participating in both football and basketball. In football, he was present on both sides of the ball, splitting reps at various positions such as offensive line, defensive line, fullback, linebacker, tight end, kicker, and punter.

After redshirting his freshman season, his rise to prominence has been gradual but promising.

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His breakout year occurred, ironically, in 2019, the year he was tasked with protecting Lance. That season, he led North Dakota State in knockdown blocks with 100 and gave up a total of zero sacks. Last season, Cordell Volson was voted All-American by the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association. Additionally, Volson only gave up half a sack during his entire collegiate tenure at North Dakota State.

Considering the Niners have already lost key members of their offensive line with Laken Tomlinson leaving for the New York Jets, it would be an excellent opportunity, should it arise, to pair Lance with an offensive lineman with whom he already has rapport and has had recent success with.

What’s great about it is Volson is an option that may be available to San Francisco late into the draft. This is critical since the Niners will be entering the 2022 draft with five picks on day three.

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