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Todd McShay 2016 NFL mock draft: Darron Lee to Buffalo Bills

Lee is a tremendous athlete and a good scheme fit in Buffalo, but is he ready for prime time?

Today is (mercifully?) the last day for 2016 NFL mock drafts of note, and in his own first-round version, ESPN's Todd McShay is sending Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee to the Bills with the No. 19 overall pick.

"The Bills got gashed against the run last season, allowing 4.4 yards per carry (25th overall)," McShay writes in explaining the pick. "Lee's ability to get sideline to sideline with his incredible athleticism would help in that regard. He can also match-up one-on-one in coverage against RBs and TEs."

Our own Dan Lavoie put together a scouting report on Lee that published earlier this week, and in it, he came to this conclusion about his fit with the Bills as a first-round pick: "Given the talented football players who should be available in the first round, I don't think it makes sense to draft an unrefined athlete and hope his football skills keep trending upward."

That is the current story on Lee: he is an incredible athlete, with similar athletic numbers to Sammy Watkins' 2014 Combine performance (and with 21 additional pounds on his frame, to boot), but he's also raw as a player, having only switched to linebacker after high school. There's some boom-or-bust with Lee, but if he booms, he'd be a major help to a Bills defense that needs an overhaul at linebacker.