Nebraska’s Tanner Lee impressed scouts at the start of Senior Bowl practices.
Everybody focusing on Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 23, 2018
Quietly Tanner Lee had the best day 1.
Tanner Lee/QB- Everyone has beaten the Mayfield/Allen talk to death, but I've come away really impressed with Lee. Love his delivery, velocity and strength. I am excited to watch his tape today. He's a project you want to work with. Smart kid, lots of arm talent.— Underdogs of War (@Randyljobst) January 25, 2018
Then he had to face actual defenses.
my favorite part of the week was watching practice with jerry jones and will mcclay.— charles mcdonald (@FourVerts) January 26, 2018
tanner lee was coming up for a rep and jerry goes "let's see what the turnover machine has next."
next throw was a pick six.
jerry, with an unlit cigar in his mouth, goes "i still got it."
In Saturday’s game, Lee looked OK at times but repeated many of the same mistakes he made at Nebraska (and Tulane), completing eight of 19 passes for 86 yards with two turnovers.
Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes forces a fumble from Nebraska QB Tanner Lee, UTSA DE Marcus Davenport with the scoop and score pic.twitter.com/olwKHGEayy— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) January 27, 2018
In case you didn’t notice. Marcus got his had on Tanner Lee before the wobbly Int. pic.twitter.com/kZbZqqYrdg— Matty (@TailgateSA) January 27, 2018
One observer summed up Lee like this:
Lee is (Josh) Allen-lite. He has a strong arm and can make impressive throws in the downfield passing game, but what we saw on tape with him was confirmed this week in practice. He still locks onto routes and makes mistakes with his eyes, leading to mistakes with the football. He remains a very high-variance quarterback, who can impress at one moment and lead an entire assemblage of media personnel to wonder if he’s the best quarterback of the day, and who then makes a series of mistakes that leave the same personnel wondering if he even belongs in Mobile.
I think most Nebraska fans nod in agreement. We don’t want to throw dirt on a former Husker, but the evidence is overwhelming that while Tanner Lee has the physical tools to be a professional quarterback, he struggles when putting it to use in actual competition.