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tBBC OSU Football: Darron Lee Visits Buffalo

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Apr 1, 2016.

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    OSU Football: Darron Lee Visits Buffalo
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Darron excited to be in the City of Light.

    Well, now, this could be interesting. Per Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News, Ohio State’s Darron Lee is in Buffalo for a day or so to meet with staff of the Buffalo Bills. Darron would be a nice “get” for the Bills for a couple reasons, but primarily, I think, for his pass coverage skills. Per Dunne:

    “Considering today’s offenses are always trying to match up receivers, backs and tight ends on linebackers one on one, Lee will be in high demand. Through Buffalo’s December swoon, opposing tight ends were a major problem.”

    Dunne, is right, there was a difficulty in covering tight ends in December. However, the bigger problem for the Bills was/ is covering New England receivers. The Pats Rob Gronkowski is probably the best tight end in the league. Their offense will also roll you with their passing game to running backs and slot receivers. New England will not beat you with their running game. They will beat you with their passing game. Buffalo and New England play each other twice a year, so from the Bills standpoint, that’s a lot of beatings.

    Darron Lee => Buffalo Bills makes sense because he has the skill set to cover New England’s otherworldly TE (Gronkowski), their shifty slot receivers (Edelman, Amandola) and whoever Belichick plays at running back. Lee would be a great contribution to a “purpose built” defense. The bonus is, that if this type of defense can work against New England, it will work against most other teams.

    Dunne continues to make his case for Lee:

    Thus, a body type like Lee would seem to make more sense next to Brown (ed: Bills LB Preston Brown) than, say, Alabama’s rugged Reggie Ragland. Brown, who is listed at 6-foot-1, 251 pounds, has a very, very similar build to Ragland (6-1, 247), who ran the 40 in 4.72 seconds. And more teams may look to employ hybrid linebackers such as Deone Bucannon of the Arizona Cardinals, a safety at Washington State. In Buffalo’s 3-4, Lee would likely be the weak-side inside linebacker asked to cover more acreage.

    We’ve seen Lee bring speed, and at 232 pounds “oomph”, on blitzes, which further adds to Darron’s versatility as a multi-down linebacker. Will Darron bring his game to The Ralph? I have know idea, but I do know it’d be great.

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