PFF scouting report: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Mike Renner and the PFF draft analysts breaks down OSU's Darron Lee ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

| 8 months ago
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

PFF scouting report: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Here is the PFF draft profile for Ohio State’s Darron Lee, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

Weakside linebacker

Stats to know:

14th highest pass rushing grade off ball linebacker. 12 missed tackles on 72 attempts.

What he does best:

• Straight line speed of a safety
• Lined up as a slot linebacker/safety hybrid and flashed coverage ability
• Completely trusts his reads and breaks on ball
• Pick-six against Northern Illinois was arguably one of the most impressive plays any linebacker made all year
• One of best blitzers in the class. Has legitimate pass rushing moves to beat tackles off the edge

Biggest concern:

• Off-balance far too often when trying to change direction or break down in space
• Tough to project against the run after rarely playing in the box
• Undersized to play anything other than on the weakside at the moment
• Exposed at times in coverage with little feel for zones

Player style comparison:

Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bottom line:

His 40 time might wow, but there are far too many aspects of Lee’s game that don’t project to the NFL level. His amount of impact plays didn’t match up with his physical skills.


  • mrmxyz

    Okay no need for a speed lb in GBs scheme w pass rush chops…pass then?

  • Peter

    The talks about him being undersized and off balance at times are all issues that can be fixed. He’s listed at 6’1 220. He can easily pack on 15 pounds in an NFL workout and diet plan. Also his balance is just a matter of foot work and proper form which is what NFL linebacker coaches will be working on with him. I see him best suited on a team like the Jets or Bills who blitz a lot. In their schemes he’d be asked to pin his ears back and get after the QB the vast majority of the time. His athletic ability is very intriguing

    • Anthony Cooney

      spot on man

      • Peter

        Good pick for the Jets.

  • Runner1967

    He had far more production than a guy who this site has basically anointed
    the best player in this draft: Myles Jack.

  • Yogi Bearra

    That face when Darron Lee shows up at 232 at the combine and 237 at his Pro Day. Still ran sub-4.5 at each event. He’ll be fine at the size he’s at now to play on the weakside. Could add 10 lbs and still be a sub-4.5 guy. Which is scary he has the frame to do it so I’m not worried about him not being there now. He’ll add the weight, and get after it if he gets placed behind a stud D-Line.