Aside from some health questions--Lee missed the 2008 season with a torn ACL and three games in 2009 due to a knee sprain--the former Nittany Lion seems primed to live up to such lofty expectations. Many experts saw Lee, who was taken with the 55th overall pick, as a good candidate for the steal of this year's draft.
But, speaking to Galloway & Company on ESPN Radio recently, it was clear that the rookie isn't ready to throw his name in that conversation just yet.
"I think I'm a pretty good player and I think you've got to be a little bit crazy to play linebacker," Lee said. "But for me being a young Keith Brooking, I've got a ton of work to do to be even half the player he is. I'm going to get there and just try to learn the defense and really look up to the two guys who are ahead of me because, you watch the film on all four of those guys, and they're at the top of their game right now. It's definitely one of the best groups in the NFL and I'm excited and honored to work with those guys."
Before being anointed as "The Next Keith Brooking," or next anyone, for that matter, Lee wants to make an impact any way he can, whether on defense or special teams.
"I'm going to come in and try to contribute in any way possible," Lee continued. "The first thing you do as a young guy is you come in and you work your tail off on special teams. I'm going to come in and work as hard as I can on special teams and, at the same time,try to learn the defense as quickly as possible, and try to make that transition. Because obviously the game's going to be played with bigger, better football players."
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