Seahawks target number 3: Tanner McKee, Stanford
While McKee doesn’t have the outright speed of Hooker or Richardson (few players do), he has excellent footwork in the pocket. His quick feet allow him not only to avoid pass-rushers at times but also allow him to get to a solid throwing base better than possibly any other quarterback on this list. The issue for McKee is though he is technically proficient, he doesn’t have much talent around him at Stanford.
This might mean that McKee forms some bad habits. He will too often have to throw into tight windows. If he leads a receiver through anticipation and that receiver doesn’t have the speed or talent to get open, it may not be McKee’s fault totally but it will look like it’s McKee’s fault. Of the five quarterbacks mentioned here, McKee by far has the worst skill players around him.
McKee does have some aspects that make him a very enticing high-end quarterback. Coming into the NFL, he will be a very mature 23-year-old. He is a true junior but took two years off from football while on a two-year hiatus for a Mormon mission. This should mean he doesn’t get as rattled under pressure as a younger and less-experienced quarterback will.
McKee led all PAC-12 quarterbacks in 2021 by throwing an accurate pass on 61.5 percent of his throws. He also has very good arm strength that should translate well to the next level. And once in the NFL, he could look even better because he will finally have skill position players around worthy of catching one of his passes.