Darron Lee
Darron Lee
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Selected with the 20th overall selection in 2016, Lee showed clear progress in his sophomore season, posting 94 tackles and 3.0 sacks after managing only 73 tackles and one sack as a rookie. While he was drafted for his abilities in pass coverage, Lee has blossomed into a versatile all-around linebacker by growing the run support and blitzing aspects of his game. The Ohio State product doesn't turn 24 until Oct. 18, so don't discount the possibility of another major step forward from him in Year 3. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.22 million contract with the Jets in July of 2016.
Traded to Kansas City
LBKansas City Chiefs
May 15, 2019
The Jets agreed to trade Lee to the Chiefs on Wednesday in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After the Jets were unwilling to pick up Lee's fifth-year option for 2020 earlier in the offseason, the team and interim general manager/head coach Adam Gase chose to ship the linebacker elsewhere. The 2016 first-round pick was left without a starting job after the Jets signed C.J. Mosley to a massive contract back in March. Lee is still on track to be a free agent next spring, unless the Chiefs are interested in discussing an extension before the start of the new league year. For now, Lee is expected battle for snaps in a linebacking core that already features Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

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1080
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653
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311
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172
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Measurables Review
How do Darron Lee's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
232 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.12 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
133 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Darron Lee
IDP Analysis: Week 12 Matchups
181 days ago
Jim Coventry says that the Ravens are a top-10 sack unit and should have no problem grabbing a few from the Raiders, who have allowed at least four sacks in three games this season.
IDP Analysis: Week 10 Matchups
195 days ago
Eagles pass rushers Fletcher Cox, et al. should have a big game against a Cowboys offensive unit that will probably have to throw more often than they’d like.
IDP Analysis: Week 4 Matchups
237 days ago
Jim Coventry notes the Seahawks struggle to protect Russell Wilson, and the Cardinals likely will try to dial up the pressure, which should help Markus Golden and Chandler Jones notch a few sacks.
IDP Analysis: Week 3 Matchups
244 days ago
Jim Coventry’s picking out the best IDP choices for the week and is going with Everson Griffen and the rest of the Vikings defensive line against the extremely porous Bills offensive line.
Streaming Defenses: Week 2 Options
251 days ago
Russell Wilson may end up running for his life in Week 2, bringing his one-man show to Chicago to face Khalil Mack and the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Lee is expected to start at inside linebacker alongside David Harris, whose best days are behind him. The Jets did little to improve their interior defensive line, which should allow Lee plenty of tackle opportunities as opposing running backs blast through the initial defensive wave. Lee also doesn't have much competition for playing time, so he's likely to be on the field for all three snaps, which should also help his tackle count. Unfortunately, he's not much of a pass rusher, so a jump in sacks (he had one last year) is unlikely to come.
Though Lee is the Jets’ 2016 first-round pick, he remains with the team’s second-string defense two weeks into training camp. At press time, it’s hard to envision him earning a high-percentage of the team’s defensive snaps in 2016, but Lee will at least be rotated in behind starting ILBs David Harris and Erin Henderson in some capacity. At the same time, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for Lee to push Henderson for a starting role at some point this upcoming season, and all it takes is one injury for him to be forced into considerable playing time. For now, though, the rookie is not generating any IDP appeal.
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Fifth-year option declined
LBNew York Jets
May 3, 2019
The Jets did not pick up Lee's fifth-year option in time for Friday's deadline, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
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Fifth-year option bypassed
LBNew York Jets
May 1, 2019
The Jets don't intend to exercise Lee's fifth-year option ahead of Friday's deadline, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
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Sitting out OTAs
LBNew York Jets
April 23, 2019
Lee isn't participating in the offseason program, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
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Candidate to be traded
LBNew York Jets
March 12, 2019
Lee is a candidate to be traded or cut by the Jets, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.
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Suspension lifted
LBNew York Jets
January 1, 2019
Lee had his suspension lifted Monday, according to the NFL's transaction report.
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