Darron Lee is fifth Buckeye drafted, gets picked No. 20 by Jets
Darron Lee was the fifth Ohio State player to go off the board. The Ohio State linebacker was selected No. 20 overall by the New York Jets.
He became the second Buckeye linebacker drafted in the first round in the last three years.
The former Buckeye linebacker came into the draft projected by many as a mid-first round pick. Lee’s stock had been rising since the Buckeyes’ historic postseason run in 2014. The second-team All-American was one of the forces that fueled Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl victory. He racked up 27.5 tackles for loss and three defensive touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter.
Lee only helped his draft stock with an impressive showing at the combine. He had the fastest 40-yard dash and broad jump among the linebackers in Indianapolis.
Though he’s considered small by typical linebacker standards (6-1, 232 pounds), Lee’s speed fits the modern mold of the position.
Lee was the last of the five Buckeyes in the green room to be picked. The only question left is whether or not he’ll be part of a record-setting OSU draft class.
The Buckeyes already had three players selected in the first 10 picks for the first time in program history. They already matched the 2006 OSU team, which had five players drafted in the first round.
They can tie Miami (FL)’s all-time mark with one more player selected in the first round.