Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
College: Ohio State
Weight: 232 lbs.
Ben Standig's mock draft for CSNmidatlantic.com: No. 23 to the Vikings (3/2)
(Analysis of games vs. Notre Dame and Michigan State)
Positives: Let's start with this: Lee is one fast, athletic linebacker. His sideline to sideline speed is evident almost every play. The 21-year-old's pursuit to the ball is electric and his ability to close on players in the open field is what you like to see. His short area burst, and change of direction is rare for the position. Lee is also versatile in the fact that he can play inside the box or spread out wide to cover slot, tight ends, and running backs.
Concerns: Lee is pretty light on his feet. That is good for speed but makes it harder when you need to be stout. Lee has a hard time when the play is coming right at him. He has a bit of a hard time shedding blocks and getting away from offensive lineman until after the running back has past him.
If drafted by Redskins: Every team in the league is looking for coverage linebackers to cover some of these modern day receiving tight ends and there are a shortage of them. The Redskins are no different. The Redskins expected Keenan Robinson to break out with his athletic ability and coverage skills but that didn't happen. Now he serves as a cautionary tale for Lee in the Redskins new defense. Robinson, who signed early in free agency with the New York Giants, thrived in Jim Haslett's 3-4 "2-Gap" scheme where defensive lineman ate up blockers. In that scheme, Robinson could use his speed to shoot gaps and meet ball carriers. Once the Redskins used the Joe Barry 3 "1-gap" penetrating style, Robinson had to shed some of his own blocks and he struggled.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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