Falcons meet Nebraska quarterback
Atlanta is looking to scout Matt Ryan's heir.
Few teams enjoy as much stability at the quarterback position as the Atlanta Falcons.
Former NFL MVP Matt Ryan is set to begin the second decade of his career under center for the team in the 2018 season and already boasts a handful of franchise passing records. But the No. 2 slot right behind him remains something of an open question.
As of right now, that job belongs to 36 year old veteran Matt Schaub, set to go into 2018 in the second year of his contract with the team, but it’s possible that the Falcons will look to scout another, younger, option to groom behind Ryan and potentially field as their starter in the future.
Ahead of the NFL Draft, the Falcons appear to have started that search, hosting former Tulane and Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee to Atlanta, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports.
Prior to entering college, Lee was a three star recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite, which graded him at 0.7985, and he was ranked by the service as the 63rd best player in Louisiana, the No. 78 pro style quarterback, and the 1,843rd best player overall in the nation.
Lee began his collegiate career at Tulane. Following a redshirt season in 2013, he established freshman passing records in 10 games, completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,962 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The next year, he scored 11 times, was picked seven times, and completed 52 percent of his attempts.
Injuries suffered during his time at Tulane, including a broken finger, a shoulder ailment, and a concussion, inspired him in part to transfer to Nebraska. Over 12 games in 2017 as the Cornhuskers’ starter, Lee passed for 3,143 yards and scored 23 touchdowns, but the turnover problem still bothered him, as he threw 16 passes to the other team.
On the whole, Lee as 46 career touchdowns compared to 37 interceptions.
At the Combine, Lee ran the 40 yard dash in 4.98 seconds, the three cone drill in 7.0 seconds, and the 20 yard shuttle in 4.41 seconds. He recorded a 32 inch mark in the vertical jump and completed the broad jump with a 115 inch mark.
Here are Lee’s strengths and weaknesses, according to NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein.
STRENGTHS: “Experienced working from under center with NFL size... Sells play fakes and has arm strength to air it out over the top... Deep ball has some touch... Arm talentis a big plus... Able to rip tight spirals into small windows... Has an accelerated release... Can challenge and defeat tight man coverage on a good day... Goes from set to shoot in a moment’s notice... Possesses coveted physical traits.”
WEAKNESSES: “Atrocious touchdown to interception ratio of 46 to 37 for his career... Brings trouble upon himself... Throws with very little anticipation or timing... Allows throwing windows to close before taking his shot... Doesn’t allow play design to work for him and misses wide open targets... Willing to fling it off his back foot... Oblivious to edge pressure and freezes under duress from interior rush... Red zone output was poor... Lacks attentiveness to safeties.”
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