NFL prospect Tanner McKee, a Stanford quarterback, has been profiled by Steelers Depot ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft. While his lack of team success is a concern, McKee has an “NFL-ready arm” and “is capable of taking hits and staying healthy”. Despite not possessing one elite quality, McKee has “plenty more to develop” and has the potential to become a quality backup with starter potential. Steelers Depot predicts he will go in the third round.
McKee’s strengths include his arm strength, a quick release, accuracy in a clean pocket and his footwork in manoeuvring through the trash. He is also serviceable when under pressure from the defence and is capable of scrambling. Inconsistencies with spiral and touch passes, lack of control over the destination of his touch throws, and his accuracy outside the numbers are areas of improvement.
Born in April 2000, McKee competed as a four-star recruit in the same recruiting class as Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. He went on to complete college at Stanford, starting 21 games over two years, throwing 5,336 yards and 28 touchdowns to 15 interceptions with six scores on the ground. A cancer survivor at the age of 16, McKee also spent two years as a missionary.
Despite “fairly awful offensive line play”, McKee had some stand out moments during his time as a college quarterback. Steelers Depot describes McKee as Davis Mills 2.0; touted as having potential but not possessing an elite quality that would put him within the top five quarterbacks of his class.
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