Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State
Lee was surprisingly not invited to the combine, which could hurt his draft stock. If that is the case, he would be a solid late-round addition. The 6’3″, 228-pound linebacker needs to add some weight to his frame, but he brings good speed and pass coverage skills to the table. In his final season at Kansas State, he recorded 110 tackles.
Here is a scouting report on Lee, courtesy of NFL.com:
"STRENGTHS: Possesses angular build with long arms. Won’t just give in to size. Works hard to constrict running lanes and will fire downhill into the gaps when they present themselves. Showed off impressive long speed and closing burst when chasing down ball carriers against Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl. Squares up in the hole and meets running backs heads up. Productive and disruptive behind the line of scrimmage. Rangy. Shows ability to navigate both high and low in weaving through the bodies in his pursuit to the ball. Adequate awareness in space in man coverage. Has athleticism and ball skills to stay on the field for all three downs. WEAKNESSES: Missing the sand in his pants to power up and take on blocks effectively. Lacks instincts and feel for cutback lanes and counters. Can be goaded into false steps. Below average hand usage. Will need to learn to punch and separate or he could be overwhelmed by linemen. Plays too tall when sifting through the flow of traffic and will miss too many tackles. Needs to do better job of finding the ball in coverage. Too many ankle tackles rather than running through the target with a clean finish."