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Road to the NFL Draft: Darron Lee

Position: Outside linebacker.

School: Ohio State.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-1, 232 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds. Vertical jump: 35½ inches. Broad jump: 11 feet, 1 inch. 20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds.

Career stats: 28 games, 147 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles.

Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Although he has only two years of college experience, he made the most of them, helping the Buckeyes to a combined record of 26-2 and a national championship in 2014. … Tremendous athlete who is effective when rushing the passer. … Shows superb body control and changes direction well in pursuit. … Excels in pass coverage, with the ability to handle tight ends, running backs, and even receivers one-on-one. … Has a large enough frame that he should be able to add 13 to 18 pounds while still being able to move well. … Shows scheme versatility, although scouts think his initial best fit is on the weak side of a 4-3 alignment. … Given his lack of experience, he might have to be a situational player as a rookie, entering games in obvious passing situations.

They said it: “Lee has been rising since the end of the season. People were concerned because he played last season in the low 220s. But he carried 232 well at the combine. He just can fly. He’s the future, he’s what today’s linebacker looks like. He doesn’t take on big bodies, but sideline to sideline, he makes plays. If you come right at him, it’s a different story. But more and more of today’s world in football is about lateral speed. And that’s what he has.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

– Vic Carucci

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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