Chicago Bears: A look at other players who have been drafted 20th overall
By Braden Fogal
Chicago Bears draft outlook: 2016, New York selects Darron Lee
We’ll take it easy on Jets fans here because Bears fans have no room to talk when it comes to their team drafting in the first round.
Lee actually broke out for the Jets in 2017 when he posted 94 tackles, nine TFL’s and three sacks on the quarterback. Unfortunately, he only lasted three seasons in New York before landing a spot on the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 where he totaled 31 tackles in two starts.
Last season, Lee was a part-time member of the Buffalo Bills playoff roster where he posted just one tackle in two games. The 26-year-old product out of Chattanooga, Tennessee still has plenty of years left to find an NFL team and produce. His 2017 stats are nothing to sneeze at and one of the biggest reasons New York selected him 20th overall the year prior was because he ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, via nflcombineresults.com.
USA Today sports writer Tyler Calvaruso (@tyler_calvaruso on Twitter) wrote a story over at Jets Wire.com where Lee stated he wants another chance with the Jets. Newly hired Jets head coach Robert Saleh will likely attract a lot of defensive talent with his previous experience as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.
Other big names in the 2016 Draft were Will Fuller at Pick 21 to the Houston Texans, Kenny Clark at 27 to the Green Bay Packers, Jaylon Smith at 34 to the Dallas Cowboys, Chris Jones at 37 to the Kansas City Chiefs, Xavien Howard at 38 to the Miami Dolphins, Derrick Henry at 47 to the Tennessee Titans and Michael Thomas at 47 to the New Orleans Saints.
A loaded class where the Bears selected Leonard Floyd at Pick 9 and Cody Whitehair at 56.