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Big 12 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Linebackers & Defensive Backs

Looking at where some of the Big 12’s top talent might end up in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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With the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday evening, we are looking at some of the Big 12’s best prospects and where they might end up in the draft. We’ve already looked at offensive linemen and tight ends, receiversquarterbacks and running backs, and defensive linemen. So, all that is left is to take a look at a few of the Big 12’s most promising linebackers and defensive backs.

Elijah Lee

LB – Kansas State

PROS: Lee was a 2016 first team All-Big 12 selection with 110 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Lee is a former basketball player, and overall impressive athlete with plenty of speed. He’s able to adapt on the fly and has quick reaction skills. He seems as comfortable dropping into pass coverage as running blitz packages.

CONS: Does not fit the ideal mold for the position from a physical standpoint. He’s smaller in frame and depends on his speed instead of taking on blockers directly. At times he’s overly aggressive and winds up out wide from the intended ball carrier.

OUTLOOK:  Despite his slight build, Lee’s speed and athleticism will make him an attractive target. He possesses the skills necessary to make the transition to the next level. Look for him to go as early as the 3rd round.

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