Keithen McCant continued the pretty long run of Nebraska football quarterbacks who might have been drafted but never really got any kind of real shot at the NFL. Interestingly, he also continued a shorter run of one year starting quarterbacks making the NFL draft.
That streak still pops up every now and then, such as what we saw last year with Tanner Lee. Of course McCant and Lee are two entirely different typs of players. McCant played for the Huskers from 1989 to 1991 and was the starting QB in 1991.
During that season, McCant completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,454 yards and 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran the ball for over 600 yards and another seven touchdowns.
Like Gdowski, McCant’s performance was enough to get some attention from NFL scouts. Like Gdowski he wasn’t able to translate his college performance to the pros.
The Cleveland Browns selected McCant in the 12th round of the 1992 draft. He was a member of a group of seven Cornhuskers that were drafted in that draft, with tight end Johnny Michell being the only first round pick for the group.
McCant did try to make his professional dreams work, but he didn’t last long and never made it onto the field for the Browns.