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Jeremiah ranks Lee just ahead of Ragland

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2016 – 9:22 am

There’s not a lot of separation at draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has it between Ohio State LB prospect Darron Lee and Alabama LB prospect Reggie Ragland. But what gives Lee the edge over Ragland in Jermiah’s mind is one key difference. Speed.

“I have Darron Lee at 11, and Ragland at number 12,” said Jeremiah in a recent conference call. “So I have them very close. It’s a different flavor what you’re looking for. Lee can give you more athleticism, more speed. He’s a dynamic blitzer. Somebody that can really, really run with the athletic tight ends and just the range that he has laterally is pretty much off the charts.

“He doesn’t have the same take on ability that Ragland does. You’ll see him flash on occasion, but he’ll get completely swallowed up, and you don’t see that happen to Reggie Ragland. Lee, you don’t get quite that thump. You get a little more athleticism. And in today’s league the way it is, I end up putting him a little bit above Ragland because of that athleticism and what he can give you in the passing game.”

With NFL offenses throwing the ball more and more having a linebacker athletic enough to handle one-on-one coverage assignments with elusive tight ends and tailbacks is critical for a three-down player at the second level. Lee has those qualities as we covered in our latest NFL draft prospect profile featureon.

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