5 linebackers for New Orleans Saints to scout at NFL combine

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Nov 28, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker Deion Jones (45) tackles Texas A&M Aggies running back James White (20) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Texas A&M Aggies 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker Deion Jones (45) tackles Texas A&M Aggies running back James White (20) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Texas A&M Aggies 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports /
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Darron Lee
Nov 7, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) gets the crowd fired up during first quarter action versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State leads 14-0 at halftime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /

Name: Darron Lee
School: Ohio State
Position: OLB
Size: 6-foot-2, 228 LBS
Round Projection: 1

Lee is a bit undersized, but he is multi-talented as a pass rusher, as well as a coverage linebacker who can blanket big receivers and tight ends.  His size and athleticism make him an ideal fit on the weakside in New Orleans, where question marks surround the often injured Dannell Ellerbe.

Darron Lee was a star as soon as he stepped onto the field as a starter in 2014, starting all 15 games (including postseason) and helping lead the Buckeyes to a national championship.

He’s an “all-over-the-field” type of player, but he’ll have to tone down the aggressiveness, which has resulted in bad angles and missed tackles.  He must become a better tackler — the Saints have been plagued with problems in that departments lately.

If the Saints are indeed looking to address the weakside (perhaps the team’s biggest need) in the first round and somebody like Myles Jack doesn’t fall, then Darron Lee could be an excellent choice.  He has championship experience under a coach who has produced great NFL talent.  I imagine Lee will be on New Orleans’ radar.

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