CBS Sports has Philadelphia Eagles trading for Darron Lee on draft day
In his mock draft for CBS Sports, R.J. White floated the idea of the Philadelphia Eagles making a move for New York Jets’ linebacker Darron Lee. In this scenario, Philly would send their second-round pick (57) to the Jets in exchange for Lee and New York’s third-round selection (68).
New York is out a second-round selection this year thanks to their trade with the Indianapolis Colts last year, which allowed them to draft quarterback Sam Darnold. The Jets traded their 2019 second-round selection (34th), as well as their 2018 first and two second-round selections (sixth, 37th, and 49th) to Indianapolis in exchange for the Colts’ 2018 first-round selection (third). Additionally Lee’s presence may be redundant with New York’s acquisition of C.J. Mosley, who signed a five-year, $85 million deal with New York this offseason.
Lee, being on the final year of his rookie contract makes him a relatively cheap option to bolster their defense. The 25-year old will be making $3,169,490 this season, and if traded, the Eagles would have the rights to his fifth-year option.
Lee had 74 tackles and three interceptions in 12 games for the Jets last season. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Lee also had his best season in coverage last season, allowing 41 catches for 374 yards as opposing quarterbacks had just an 83.4 passer rating when targeting him.
Lee has never played in a 4-3 defense, which is part of the reason New York would be moving him, but bringing him in would give Philly year to evaluate him before deciding to exercise their option on his contract next year.
White has the Jets taking cornerback Lonnie Johnson from Kentucky with Philly’s second-round pick, and Philly taking wide receiver Miles Boykin with New York’s third-rounder that would be coming back to them. Boykin’s performance has some believing he has number one receiver talent.