Nebraska Football: Tanner Lee drafted 203rd overall by Jaguars

Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback Tanner Lee (13) drops back to pass (Photo by John Peterson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback Tanner Lee (13) drops back to pass (Photo by John Peterson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Nebraska football saw their first player off the board in the sixth round on Saturday when Tanner Lee was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The draft streak continues for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, as Tanner Lee is on his way to Jacksonville to play for the Jaguars. Lee, a Tulane transfer who spent the 2017 season under center for the Huskers, was the first Nebraska player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.

Lee played for Nebraska for just one year and threw for 3,143 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. The interception total was an eyesore for the Huskers quarterback, but the kid can absolutely sling the pigskin and that’s likely why the Jaguars picked him up.

Jacksonville has Blake Bortles as their starter for 2018, but no one is really all that impressed by Bortles. Lee should be able to compete for a practice squad position this summer, but it’s unlikely that he ever actually starts a game for the Jaguars, unless there are a wave of injuries.

Here is what NFL.com had to say about Lee prior to the draft,

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"Lee has a shot of getting drafted and making a practice squad on his traits alone, but his issues with processing and anticipation probably can’t be corrected."

Lee had potential at Nebraska, but as NFL.com noted, a lot of his issues probably aren’t easy to correct at this point of his football career. He might get a practice squad position with the Jaguars or another team, but Lee isn’t going to take the league by storm by any means.

The Jaguars also have Cody Kessler on their roster and he has starting and playing experience from his stint with the Cleveland Browns. That means Lee is destined for a third string spot and will have to really prove himself this summer in training camp and in the preseason.

No one expected Lee to jump into the NFL and become a starter, so if he’s able to even wiggle his way into a backup role, good for him. He’s got a great arm and has the ability to really sling it, so the Jaguars were probably impressed with that aspect of his game.

When it comes to turnovers, however, that’s where Lee struggled. Hopefully he does well in Jacksonville and turns this into a lengthy pro career!

Best of luck to you, Tanner Lee! Hope you kick butt in Jacksonville! What do you think of Lee’s new team? Is this a good fit for the Huskers quarterback?