Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #2 ILB, #44/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2-3
2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Tore right ACL in spring 2008, missed the entire season. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 54 Sol-138 TT, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 3 FR, 3 FF; Ranked second in the Big Ten with 138 tackles, trailing only teammate Dan Connor. Earned second-team all-conference honors. Second on the team with eight pass breakups. A 2008 candidate for the Butkus, Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott honors, he was tied for first in the Big Ten in fumble recoveries and was tied for No. 7 in the conference in forced fumbles. Earned Alamo Bowl Defensive Player-of-the-Game accolades by recording a game-high 14 tackles, one for loss and a pass breakup in the 24-17 victory; earned a berth on the ESPN.com All-Bowl team. Named Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week after posting a team-high seven stops, two for loss and a sack, defended a pass and forced a fumble. Tied for the team lead with 12 stops in the 38-7 win over No. 19 Wisconsin, also made two TFL, including one sack and recovered a fumble to earn ABC/Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game honors. Named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week after recording a game-high 12 tackles (seven solo) in the Senior Day win over Purdue, also forced two fumbles and making one recovery. Lee made the gamechanging play by stripping the ball from RB Jaycen Taylor and recovering it inside the Penn State one-yard line with Purdue leading, 10-3, in the first quarter. Was on the field for 989 plays, second-highest among all defensive players. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 47 Sol-90 TT, 8 TFL, 5.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; His 90 tackles were good for third on the squad. The signature game of his young career came at Wisconsin, as he delivered a career-high 13 tackles (seven solo), with two sacks (minus-23 yards), recovered two fumbles and forced the first fumble of his career. Lee was on the field for 823 snaps. He was selected Academic All-Big Ten. 2005: 8 GP; 0 GS; 6 Sol-11 TT; The coaching staff couldn’t keep the talented Lee off the field, as he made his collegiate debut against Ohio State in the prime time thriller in Beaver Stadium. He made a season-high five stops against Florida State in a strong performance in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Lee earned the most extensive playing time (49 snaps) of his rookie season after Paul Posluszny left the game with a knee injury. His efforts helped the Nittany Lions hold Florida State to 12 first downs, 26 rushing yards and three-of-17 third-down conversions. He also made four tackles at Illinois. He was on the field for 163 plays over the last seven games. Lee earned Dean’s List recognition during the fall semester. Personal: Brother, Conor, was a place-kicker for the University of Pittsburgh.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Cowboys picks: Round 2/55 -- Sean Lee, LB, 6-2, 236, Penn State: Another in a long line of Penn State linebackers. He is fundamentally sound and knows how to play the position. Coach Wade Phillips said there is nothing he can't do. - by The Sports Xchange