ZWR – #80 Idaho State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Kentridge (Kent, WA)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: N/A
Tanner Conner Scouting Report
For all the speed that he’s reported to have, he does not look like a track athlete. Average speed. Has some ability to make plays happen but usually after the catch. Doesn’t show a lot of body control as a route runner. Doesn’t have a great first step to accelerate off of. Has some explosive ability but doesn’t show it all the time.
Doesn’t show a lot of great things at the top of his route. Doesn’t show smoothness during breaks and cuts, looks big and sluggish. Doesn’t create a lot of separation. Ran a very limited route tree at Idaho State. The entire playbook looked very limited. Shows good hand work as a route runner to get his positioning against intense, physical coverage. Does not have a great release. Struggles to show the necessary explosion. Struggles to get into his route.
Very solid, strong hands. Catches well through traffic and through contact. Strong hands. Not particularly good at catching the deep ball through contact. Locates the ball well. Very good at creating good angles to the ball. Dangerous red zone target with his length and size. Strong run blocker. Will lock down a perimeter.
What we want to see from Tanner Conner in Las Vegas
- We really want to see Tanner Conner show some promise as a route runner at the top of his routes. He’s so sluggish and his footwork is so disjointed that he destroys any advantage he has with his speed. If he can show some improvement coming into the week that we know of his route-running, his stock can sky rocket.
- Teams in the Big Sky conference quickly figured out that if Conner was pressed at the line of scrimmage, he didn’t have the release to avoid jam coverage. As a result, it limited the overall impact that Conner made on a weekly basis. We want to see him working on some sort of release to get off of that coverage.
Pre-Shrine Bowl projection
Tanner Conner projects as a big slot at the next level due to his lack of route running finesse and ability. His large frame will help him much like a tight end, but he will need to show improved route running ability to get a real chance with a team. Ultimately, a staff would love to be able to utilize his track speed with his size.
We like Conner as an NFL guy, but he may not be considered draftable by most teams. We like his chances as a seventh-round/PFA prospect in this class.