MOBILE, Ala. — Former Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee wasn’t supposed to be at the Senior Bowl this week, but some good fortune came his way after a late withdrawal.
When Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph withdrew from the game on Jan. 17, Lee got the news that he’d be the replacement quarterback for the North team. It was especially big news for Lee, a prospect whose stock could benefit from a good week in front of NFL scouts and executives.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity to come out here and showcase my abilities, go through the interview process and get to know the scouts and let the teams get to know you and watch you practice,” Lee told Land of 10 at Senior Bowl interviews on Tuesday.
“It’s an invaluable opportunity that not a lot of guys get. It was a big goal of mine, so I’m looking forward to making the most of it.”
Lee was working out in preparation for NFL draft events such as the combine (invites haven’t gone out yet) and pro day when he got the news. It wasn’t much of an adjustment for him to switch into Senior Bowl mode and get to Mobile.
“I only found out about a week ago,” he said. “I was already training and getting in shape, so my body feels good. But I had to get my mind focused on coming down here and going through this whole process. But getting ready quickly was no big deal.”
Though he never completed 60 percent of his passes in a college season, Lee has the size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and arm strength to impress NFL scouts. He also believes his time at Tulane and Nebraska — both ran pro-style offenses — will help his cause.
“I’m starting to see the benefits in team interviews when teams are seeing if you’re intellectual or cerebral in the game at all,” he said. “I have a lot of experiences in two different offenses that I can pull from. Our playbook this week has things that I’ve learned in either system, be it Tulane or Nebraska. So I think it’s helped me pick it up quick and I think it’s going to help me go out there and play relaxed and full speed.”