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Jets Sign First-Round Pick Darron Lee

Rookie ‘Backer Racked Up 12 Sacks and 27.5 TFL at Ohio State


The Jets completed the signing of their seven-member draft class today, inking Darron Lee to a deal.

Lee, who started 28 games at Ohio State, was second among Buckeyes the last two years with 12 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss. An AP second team All-American last season, Lee ranked fourth on the team with 66 tackles, third with 11 TFL and fourth with 4.5 sacks. In his final collegiate game, Lee collected seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble as the Buckeyes captured a Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame.

After re-signing veteran Erin Henderson and adding veteran Bruce Carter in pro free agency, the Jets landed Lee with the No. 20 overall selection in April's draft. Head coach Todd Bowles indicated Lee will work at the "Mo" linebacker behind Henderson, play some packages and ultimately end up being a three-down linebacker. Lee, who was the fifth Buckeye taken in this year's first round, posted a 4.47-second 40 time at the combine.

The Green & White will hold their first training camp practice Thursday afternoon at the team's Atlantic Health Training Center.

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