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NFL Draft

Tanner McKee Beginning To Make A Name For Himself

  • The Draft Network
  • October 28, 2021
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Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is one of the most intriguing prospects at the position largely because of the fact that analysts seem to have such split opinions of him. This is, by and large, a wide-open quarterback class in that there’s not necessarily a consensus No. 1 prospect that a majority of the people are pounding the table for—and hardly anyone’s rankings at the position look the same. In some rankings, you’ll see McKee mentioned as a top-10 quarterback prospect. In others, you won’t even see his name on the list.

McKee is one of those names that seems to have emerged as of late and does deserve more attention than he’s getting—he’s got a lot in his toolbox, has been mostly accurate, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is reflective of how effective he’s been and how little he puts the ball in harm’s way.

So far this season, McKee has completed 139-of-215 of his passes (64.7%) for 1,722 yards with 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions. In his latest appearance, a 34-31 loss to the Washington State Cougars on Oct. 16, McKee completed 23-of-32 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, also recording one rushing touchdown.

Looking strictly at completion percentage, that game was his second-best of the season, as he finished it out with a completion percentage of 71.9%—his high this season is 83.3% from when he completed 15-of-18 passes against Kansas State in Stanford’s 24-7 loss to the Wildcats.

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said McKee is as good of a quarterback as Oregon had seen not just this season but in seasons previous. McKee brings a high level of arm talent and can do things with his legs in certain situations as well.

"He is a guy who has complete control of the offense," Cristobal told reporters earlier this year. "He is quick and efficient with his reads. Tremendous arm; accurate. He can run. He can hurt you with designed [run] plays and pulls, and he can hurt you by taking off and scrambling. He is a game-changer. He is a difference-maker for them."

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This is good stuff and there’s still some room for development and improvement in the signal-caller’s game—and of course there is, McKee is only a sophomore.

McKee has the makings of a quarterback who could continue to ascend up the draft boards and he could end up a legitimate top quarterback prospect by the end of the season. But given his year, the argument could be made that McKee may be even better off spending some more time playing college football.

It will be interesting to see just how much McKee can rise and if he ultimately does declare as Stanford still has Washington, Utah, Oregon State, California, and Notre Dame to face on the schedule.

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