Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee declares for NFL draft

Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee has declared for the NFL draft.
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Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee has declared for the NFL draft.

Lee, a redshirt sophomore, announced his intentions on Twitter Saturday night.

“After thorough research and careful consideration, I have decided to forgo my last 2 years of eligibility and enter the NFL draft,” Lee wrote. “I would like to thank coach [Urban] Meyer and Coach [Luke] Fickell as well as the rest of our coaching staff for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime that has changed my life forever. I feel it is in my best interest to take this next step in achieving my dream.”

Lee was a critical part of Ohio State’s 2014 championship run, and recorded 146 combined tackles, three interceptions and 11 sacks over the past two seasons. He is considered a potential early-round selection in the draft.

Lee joins Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Cardale Jones in declaring for the draft. Head coach Urban Meyer said defensive end Joey Bosa, a likely top pick, will also enter the draft, though Bosa has yet to declare.

Jeremy Woo