Darron Lee, LB

First up on the New York Jets list of the young 17 is the obvious choice of 20th overall pick Darron Lee.

The kid is a first round pick. He played at Ohio State under Urban Meyer. He’s blessed with freakish 4.47 40-yard speed at linebacker.

What’s not to love?

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Although he probably won’t start in the Jets base 3-4 – as his smallish frame will be an issue on the inside – his automatic presence on passing downs will be an absolute gift from the football gods. He and Calvin Pryor will blend together in underneath coverage on many downs, all while Marcus Gilchrist plays that dominating center-field the defense is used to.


The one aspect this defense was missing a season ago was sideline-to-sideline speed. Lee brings it in spades.

The development of Darron Lee will be crucial as it’ll thankfully kick the slower David Harris off the field on passing downs.

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