It is now official.
After announcing after the Texas Bowl that he would explore his options, All-Big 12 linebacker Elijah Lee took to Twitter to announce that he is forgoing his senior year at Kansas State and is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Lee recorded 110 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions during the Wildcats 2016 campaign. He also set a high for K-State linebackers with five interceptions in his career, that also included 209 total tackles and 11 sacks.
With the departure of Lee and fellow linebacker Charmeachealle Moore (to graduation), as well as safety Dante Barnett (grad) and defensive end Jordan Willis (grad), the Wildcats will lose four of the top six in tackles from 2016.
Lee joins Willis as a second very-likely draft pick for K-State, and should help continue the longest active NFL Draft streak in the Big 12 Conference. According the NFLDraftScout.com, Lee is rated as the #7 OLB, and grades anywhere from the 3rd round to the 6th round in this year’s draft. Lee would be the first linebacker drafted from K-State since Arthur Brown went with the 56th overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.