Nov 7, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) gets the crowd fired up during first quarter action versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State leads 14-0 at halftime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Darron Lee, RS-SO, LB
Determining what Darron Lee might do is difficult to analyze. He is a major impact outside linebacker at the college level, but has only been playing linebacker since he arrived in Columbus as a quarterback. He’s still learning the nuances of the position and has shown at times that he struggles at the point of attack against the run. He has great range and is a sure tackler, but is still a weak-side linebacker for a suspect run defense. He’s much better in space and when able to attack the hole, but not necessarily the best taking on blockers.
Why He Goes: Much like safeties that can cover, outside backers that can cover tight ends are a hot commodity in the NFL. His speed and ability to play in space will serve him well in a pass heavy league. He might not go in the first two rounds, but could go on day two in the right system.
Why He Stays: Lee has been banged up a bit this season and showed he can have problems taking on blockers. He’s got potential to spare, but needs to learn more of the nuance of playing outside linebacker, especially if he replaces Josh Perry on the strong side.
The Decision: Lee returns for his junior year.
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