Buckeye linebacker declares for NFL draft
Add another Buckeye to the list of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.
A day after Ohio State ended its season with a Fiesta Bowl victory, linebacker Darron Lee announced via Twitter that he’ll be forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility and declaring for the NFL draft.
The next step. pic.twitter.com/RrReDit6PJ
— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) January 3, 2016
The Buckeyes’ top-10 defense got a major boost from Lee, who finished 2015 with 59 tackles, nine of which were for a loss. The former three-star recruit turned himself into one of the Buckeyes’ most indispensable players in his two years as a starter.
The former freshman All-American racked up 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in Ohio State’s 2014 national title run.
On Friday, he ended his career with seven tackles and two sacks in a 44-28 win against Notre Dame.
Lee is the first redshirt sophomore on the Buckeyes to declare for the draft. As a potential first-round pick, the opportunity was too good to pass up. He joined teammates Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa on the list of Buckeye underclassmen to declare for the draft so far.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is January 18.