Former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee has already made a strong first impression on the New York Jets.
The 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft hasn’t been a Jet long, but he has already shown off some tremendous qualities on and off the field during OTAs.
“He’s been a pleasant surprise,” Jets inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell told NJ.com’s Darryl Slater. “He’s been picking things up well. What we saw on film, what we saw in college, he’s been showing it.”
Caldwell told Slater that Lee’s professionalism, work ethic and willingness to learn from coaches and veteran teammates have stood out the most.
Lee’s potential on the field is also incredibly promising. He possesses the ability to stay on the field for all three downs and can help out New York’s linebacking corps in coverage. Defensive guru and Jets head coach Todd Bowles will likely treat Lee as a swiss-army knife and could place him all over the field during his rookie season.
Of course, Lee still has to sign with New York. He is one of three 2016 first-rounders who have not come to terms on a rookie contract. Lee’s former Ohio State teammate, Joey Bosa, is also in that group after being taken No. 3 overall by the San Diego Chargers.