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Jets pick LB Darron Lee in first round

It's always about defense in the first round with the New York Jets, who selected Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee with the 20th pick.

Thumbs up or down: Darron Lee

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan (left) said they talked to teams about trading up. Sounds like they were worried about the Bills taking LB Darron Leev at 19, but the Bills picked DE Shaq Lawson. The Jets stayed at 20 and got their man.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Darron Lee will play inside linebacker for the Jets, behind veteran Erin Henderson in the "Mo" position. David Harris plays the "Mike."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he doesn't envision Muhammad Wilkerson being traded.


Darron Lee is a playmaker

Darron Lee, drafted by the Jets, becomes the fifth Ohio State player taken in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Field Yates says the upside the OLB brings is he can play four downs and could be a playmaker for Todd Bowles' squad.

Darren Lee is a playmaker (0:48)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Darron Lee's impact should come early in the Jets sub-packages. Speed and versatility to align in multiple spots. Can walk out over the slot, cover space in zone coverage and run with tight ends.

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Bio Blast: Darron Lee

The Jets made Darron Lee the fifth Buckeye selected in the first round of the draft with the No. 20 pick. Lee recorded 12 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss in two seasons with Ohio State.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

With the 20th pick, the Jets select Ohio State LB Darron Lee. They took him over LB Myles Jack and QB Paxton Lynch. Lee is undersized, but fast. The Jets want to improve their team speed.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Apple said he saw the NJ area code pop up on his phone and thought one of his friends was prank calling him. It was Giants head coach Ben McAdoo.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Eli Apple says Giants only spoke to him once, at the combine: "It's kind of crazy to see myself on the screen at No. 10 and all that stuff."

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Reese and McAdoo mentioned Eli Apple's age as a positive. He turns 21 on Aug. 9.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Reese says Eli Apple "was absolutely a need pick. Look out there at our corner depth, and you can see that."

Room to grow for Eli Apple (1:00)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Surprised Eli Apple landed at No.10 to the Giants, but look at the size, length, speed and press-man skills. That sells at the position in today's league.

ESPN Stats & Info

Bio Blast: Eli Apple

The Giants opted for the Ohio State cornerback with the 10th overall pick. Apple -- the third Buckeye taken in the top 10 -- had four interceptions and 18 passes defended in two seasons.


Kiper scouting report: Eli Apple

Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the film on the newest Giant, Eli Apple. What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses for the No. 10 overall pick?

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