Dallas selected their defensive signal caller, Sean Lee, 55th overall from Penn State.
He defied projections slipping toward the end of the second round because of some major injuries in college, but it was his first round talent that the Cowboys recognized and were willing to take a gamble on. Just a few short years later, however, those major injuries have carried on into his professional career.
Lee has had the stats and on-field production to stake his claim as one of the best inside linebackers in the game. He’s a ball hawk and very bright; perfect for a middle linebacker.
The reoccurring theme of the now infamously Injured Mr. Lee has derailed his career. Just this offseason, Sean Lee tore his ACL in what was meant to be a non-contact practice session, and was later placed on IR. The news came as a disappointment to a lot of Cowboys fans.
Dallas drafted Anthony Hitchens from Iowa in the 4th round to be a backup this season and step up when necessary, but necessary came knocking on his door sooner than anyone expected. Dallas has also traded for Rolando McClain, who has retired twice already in his young career.
If Hitchens can perform this season, if he can pick up the slack left by the injured Lee and salvage a poor man’s defense, Dallas may look to unload Lee and his big contract. Is the time coming for Anthony Hitchens to be the man in the middle?