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Ryan Leaf "surprised" by Tanner McKee being ranked as No. 5 QB ahead of NFL Draft

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Leaf expressed some doubts about McKee on Good Morning Football

Tanner McKee may be one of the most intriguing storylines in this upcoming NFL Draft, due to the fact that he has been ranked everywhere from a first rounder to a fourth rounder. 

College football analyst and former No. 2 overall pick, Ryan Leaf, spoke about McKee on Good Morning Football, and explained that while he is the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback, his production and college success don't match up to him being ranked as one of the top five quarterbacks in the draft class. The ranking he was addressing is by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, who had McKee as the No. 5 quarterback in the class.

Leaf did praise McKee a tad, but pointed out the lack of production saying:

“Following him and covering him for the last few years at Stanford, he’s prototypically the NFL quarterback, six-foot-six, 230 pounds,” Leaf said on Good Morning Football. “But I mean, he hasn’t been great. Now, let me say this. The Stanford teams over the last few years are the reason why David Shaw no longer is the head coach. (They were bad), they’ve been a bad football team. (McKee) a guy that can sit in the pocket, he can move around and he’s got an electric arm. 

He even compared McKee to a fellow Stanford passer in Davis Mills saying:

“I mean, this is Davis Mills in that same form. So if you look at it that way, then he’s probably, you know, a third or fourth round guy where you can come in and possibly become a starter like Davis Mills did. His ability to move isn’t great, but he’s the prototypical quarterback.”

It has been tough to get a read on what NFL teams think about McKee, who declared a year early and doesn't have a ton of college production to back him up. McKee played 23 games finishing with 5,336 yards, 28 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a 63.2% completion percentage. Only time will tell what's in store for the former four-star quarterback. 

The 2023 NFL Draft is set to take place from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. 


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