Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee got drafted as the 203rd pick of the 2018 NFL draft, going in the sixth round to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lee saves Nebraska’s streak of having a player taken in the draft. The streak started in 1962, and now continues for its 56th year.
Lee is the first Big Ten quarterback taken, and the 10th overall.
Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane, then sat out a year before starting every game in the 2017 season. He threw for 3,143 yards, 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The 3,143 yards were good enough to finish third in a single season in passing yardage in Husker history and Lee owns two of the top ten games with the most passing yardage. Lee threw for 431 against Purdue, and 399 against Penn State.
He had one more year of eligibility left, but decided to enter the NFL draft rather than return and compete for a starting position in Scott Frost’s up tempo offense.
Lee has all the tools to become a great NFL quarterback, but his decision making sometimes made Nebraska fans insane. Not all of the 16 interceptions were his fault last season, but we will most likely remember him for the two pick-sixes he threw against Northern Illinois that directly lead to a horrible Nebraska loss - the beginning of the end for the Mike Riley regime at Nebraska.
He held such hope going into the 2017 season. He threw a beautiful, spot-on pass in the spring game, and before the season started received accolades about becoming an Elite NFL Quarterback. Unfortunately the Husker season spiraled into hell, with the team finishing 4-8 and Mike Riley getting fired.
Husker fans might ask themselves how any NFL team could pick him up, given all the interceptions he threw last season.
Answer: The NFL desperately needs quarterbacks, and Lee has all the physical attributes that NFL teams love. Whether they can develop him into the NFL Elite quarterback they expect... well... I hope so. I mean, why wish the guy any ill will.
Unless you hate the Jaguars. Then by all means....
We wish Tanner Lee the best of luck with the Jaguars!