Reactions, scouting reports Eagles QB Tanner McKee

Tanner McKee, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)
Tanner McKee, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports) /

No one expected anything other than an aggressive approach by Philadelphia Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman. After what has been an already impressive showing during the first two days of the 2023 NFL Draft, he traded up to the third choice in Round 4 and selected Georgia’s Kelee Ringo. That decision was followed by a trade that added running back D’Andre Swift and the selection of quarterback Tanner McKee in Round 6 following another trade involving draft capital.

McKee isn’t necessarily a stylistic match for what we have seen the Eagles do offensively with Jalen Hurts. No one will ever confuse him with Marcus Mariota. Tanner is more of a pocket passer, but he’s an intriguing prospect that the Birds will look to develop.

The ‘Quarterback Factory’ is back baby! McKee didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the most recent NFL Scouting Combine, but he did conquer the three-cone drill in 4.41 seconds while showcasing a 33-inch vertical. Let’s take a closer look at the new guy.

Here’s some background information on new Eagles quarterback Tanner McKee.

The Birds watch a lot of Stanford football, don’t they? This isn’t the first time that we have seen Philly raid the Cardinal roster for talent.

Nate Herbig was okay… not great… but okay… The J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Casey Toohill experiments didn’t work out, but one can never forget that the Eagles found Zach Ertz there.

In McKee, Philly adds a six-foot-six, 230-pound rifleman that appeared in 22 games during his final two seasons at the NCAA level. He completed 473 of 748 career attempts. The results of that effort were 5,336 passing yards and 28 touchdowns versus 15 interceptions.

On their big board, Pro Football Focus slotted him as the sixth-best quarterback in the class and the 81st-ranked prospect overall. Here’s how they explain that decision.

"McKee is already well-equipped to operate an NFL offense given what he was asked to do at Stanford. He’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the class, and he pairs that ability with lightning-quick processing. McKee’s career time to throw at Stanford was a swift 2.49 seconds."

In his draft profile of McKee,’s Lance Zierlein gives him a grade of 5.80, meaning he grades out as an ‘average backup’. He figures to battle Ian Book for the QB3 role. It should be an interesting camp for those two.

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