By: Joe D.
According to Mike Mayock, Sean Lee is one of the most underrated players in this year’s draft. Mayock also said Lee can be an immediate starter in the NFL, though he may bide his time behind Brooking and James for one year.
Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totals of a 86/11/2. Sat on the sidelines in 2008 after tearing an ACL during spring football. Awarded All-Conference honors and named to several All-American teams as a true junior in 2007, after posting a career best 138 tackles. Broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2006, then posted and posted 90 tackles.
Positives: Productive and versatile linebacker who’s displayed a lot of ability on the field. Possesses tremendous instincts, diagnoses the action and reads plays before they unfold. Very aggressive, drives his shoulders into ball-carriers and wraps up tackling. Resilient and stays with the action. Shows a closing burst of speed, fluid moving sideline to sideline and plays with a large degree of athleticism.
Negatives: Does not get depth on drops and shows limited skills in coverage. Struggled returning from the knee injury that put him on the sidelines in 2008.
Analysis: Prior to the 2008 season Lee looked as though he was set to be the next top linebacker prospect to come from the Penn State program. He played well at times last season yet never seemed to be fully healthy. Lee offers a good amount of upside if he ever gets his game back to pre-2008 levels.
Undoubtedly, this is a vote of confidence for Doug Free to play left tackle in the 2010 season. The Cowboys traded their 2nd (59th overall) and 4th (125 overall) round picks to the Eagles to Draft Lee. While on the surface, a 4th round pick appears to be a lot to move up 3 spots, according to the draft value chart there is a 40 pt. difference between the 55th and 59th spots. The 125th pick is worth 47 pts. Jerry Jones recently praised Wade Phillips as one of the best talent evaluators he has ever worked with. This may not have been a 2010 need pick, but certainly looking forward, Brooking and Carpenter are not long term solutions at ILB. If Lee becomes a starter and a contributor, the 7 pts. overpaid by the Cowboys will certainly be overlooked.
One last side-note, the Eagles have been trade partners twice in recent memory. When the Cowboys traded up to pick Anthony Spencer, Eagles were willing partners. The Eagles either don’t have any respect for the Cowboys personnel evaluators, or they simply don’t mind having their RB’s and QB’s bruised and battered. Though Philly fans do enjoy all foods (including breakfast cereal) battered and deep fried.