Nebraska football: Where former Huskers landed on NFL Draft weekend

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Tanner Lee
LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Tanner Lee /
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Nebraska football quarterback Tanner Lee
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Tanner Lee /

Tanner Lee was the only Nebraska football player drafted over the weekend. That doesn’t mean he’s the only one going pro this year.

The NFL Draft is officially over. It’s time for those who were hoping to get drafted to take the next step in their careers. For former Nebraska football quarterback, Tanner Lee it’s onto the Jacksonville Jaguars who drafted him in the 6th round.

Lee ended up being the only Cornhusker that was taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. That kept the Huskers’ draft streak alive, just barely.

While there are plenty of people who are likely upset the quarterback was the only player drafted, he actually set a couple of firsts. Lee became the first Husker quarterback to be drafted as a quarterback in almost 30 years.

While Eric Crouch was indeed drafted after his Heisman campaign, the NFL believed he had a better chance to work out as a wide receiver. He even officially changed his position before draft day.

Lee was also the only Big Ten quarterback to be drafted at all. That’s a bit of a slam on the talent of conference quarterbacks who were eligible to be drafted.

It also turns out that he’s the first offensive player to be drafted in the last couple of years. That little distinction comes because the only Cornhusker who was drafted last year was safety Nate Gerry.

That doesn’t mean Lee is the only player that is going to get a shot at the pros. There are plenty of Huskers that signed free agent contracts shortly after the draft ended.

This has been the way most of the Huskers have managed to make the NFL in the last couple of years. Here’s hoping that undrafted free agent signings this year do a bit better than they did a season ago.