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Patrick Lee, CB

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200 | College: Auburn
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This late bloomer intercepted just one pass in his first 41 games at Auburn, but found being a pass thief to his liking as a senior. During a five-game midseason span, he pulled in four interceptions for the Tigers in 2007. Two of those thefts set up Auburn touchdowns and another led to a field goal.

Not known for his tackling ability, Lee managed to put together a string of making at least one tackle in his final 20 contests. He also added to his resume by taking on kickoff return duties as a senior, averaging 25.8 yards per return.

At Christopher Columbus High School, Lee earned Super Prep All-Dixie and Florida Times Union Super 75 honors. He was named one of the top five cornerbacks in Florida by the Florida Times Union and received second-team All-Dade County honors.

Lee started at free safety during his last two seasons. He recorded 70 tackles, five broken up passes, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. He returned one interception 75 yards for a touchdown and also returned 14 kickoffs for 256 yards, including one for an 85-yard touchdown. He also competed in track, winning the state championship in the long jump with a leap of 23'10".

Lee red-shirted in 2003 at Auburn. He appeared in 12 games as a reserve cornerback in 2004, posting 14 tackles (12 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss and a pass break-up. He took over right cornerback chores as a sophomore, starting the first five games, but after coming up with just seven tackles as a starter, he spent the rest of the season as a reserve, finishing with nine hits (7 solos) and three pass deflections.

Lee shared right cornerback duties with Jonathan Wilhite, starting four of 12 games he played in. He totaled 25 tackles (15 solos) with a stop for a loss, coming up with his first career interception. He also caused a fumble that he recovered and advanced 20 yards for a touchdown.

As a senior, Lee earned All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors. He averaged 25.8 yards on 11 kickoff returns and started all season at right cornerback. He was in on a career-high 55 tackles (40 solos), ranking sixth on the team. He also caused a fumble, broke up 10 passes and intercepted four others.

In 48 games at Auburn, Lee started 22 contests at right cornerback. He recorded 103 tackles (74 solos) with three stops for losses of 12 yards and a quarterback pressure. He had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that he returned 20 yards. He deflected 20 passes and gained 52 yards on five interception returns. He also totaled 299 yards on 12 kickoff returns (24.9 avg).


Positives: Has a track man's body with lean muscle definition, long limbs and very good timed speed, but struggles to open his hips and turn fluidly on the ball, which negates some of his quickness … Shows good body control making plays in front of him, but has a choppy backpedal which causes him to false step in transition … Has average leaping ability, showing good explosion going up for the ball, but must do a better job timing his leaps (fails to get to the ball at its high point due to poor timing) … Keeps position and anticipates breaks and cuts well when asked to handle man coverage in the short area, but must flip his hips better when trying to mirror on deep routes … Sees routes develop better when playing the zone, showing adequate three-step reactions and timing in his pass drops, but will bite on pump fakes … Takes good angles coming off breaks on deep passes, but must do a better job when trying to high point the ball … .Best asset is his straight-line speed, which gets him downfield in a hurry as a gunner on special teams to break up the wedge … Has good upper body strength, but it would be even more effective if he learns how to use wrap-up technique (ankle bites too much when tackling) … Well-built athlete, but with his stiff hip issues and adequate hands, he might be a better fit as a safety than on the corners … Showed in limited opportunities that his speed and straight-line burst could be very effective serving on kickoff returns.

Negatives: Does no always play up to his timed speed, as he lacks fluidity coming out of his backpedal and fails to generate an explosive burst to recover when a receiver gets behind him … Takes slow, choppy steps in his pedal and stays too tall in his stance, preventing him from opening his hips to turn and run on the ball … Plays too tentative, allowing a big cushion while hesitating to come up and try to press the receiver at the line of scrimmage … Despite his success intercepting the ball as a senior, he lacks natural hands, letting the ball into his body rather than extending for it … Also has poor timing and despite his good leaping skills, his lack of awareness to the ball in flight prevents him from getting vertical in attempts to compete for the jump ball … Has marginal plant-and-drive agility that results in him failing to mirror receivers on patterns … Slow to recognize the ball and will generally get a late start in attempts to close … Gets fooled often by a savvy receiver, as he always bites on hip wiggle/shake and double moves … Tries to compensate for his poor mirror ability by grabbing at his opponent, which leads to a rash of pass interference calls … Does not have the closing speed to recover when a receiver eats up his cushion … Can close on plays in front of him, but needs to show more courage when playing in the box, as he shies away from contact … When a blocker gets into his body, he has poor hand usage to combat and struggles to disengage … Lacks sideline range, as his stiff hips prevent him from closing with any urgency on perimeter plays … Needs to improve his eyes and awareness playing in the zone, as a quarterback can take him out of the action because he generally bites on misdirection and pump fakes … Needs more than a few reps to retain and will struggle trying to digest a complicated playbook.

Compares To: DAVID BARRETT-New York Jets … Like Barrett, Lee is the type of player a team might put in the lineup, but only if it has few other options. He is certainly not a playmaker and don't be fooled by his four interceptions in 2007 (three came on throws right to him), as he lacks field awareness and is fooled more on the field than a child at his first magician's show. Lee just does not have the burst, range or fluid hips to mirror receivers on deep routes and gets fooled often by double moves and pump fakes. Outside of his duties as a gunner on special teams, he brings little value to the draft table.

Career Notes

Lee averaged 25.82 yards on kickoff returns in 2007, the sixth-best season average in school history, topped by David Langner (28.28 avg in 1972), Rick Neel (28.12 avg in 1975), James Brooks (27.48 avg in 1979), Tristan Davis (27.0 avg in 2006) and Mike Fuller (26.25 avg in 1973).

2007 Season

Named the team's Most Improved Linebacker/Defensive Back by the coaching staff, adding second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from Rivals.com … Ranked sixth in the SEC with four interceptions for 34 yards in returns, adding ten pass deflections while starting all thirteen games at right cornerback … Ranked sixth on the squad with a career-high 55 tackles (40 solos), adding one stop for a 4-yard loss … Also caused one fumble … Returned eleven kickoffs for 284 yards (25.8 avg).

2007 Game Analysis

Kansas State … Opened the season with six tackles (3 solos), including one for a 4-yard loss, as he broke up two passes and caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from receiver Leon Patton on a 4-yard catch at the KSU 47 in the second quarter … Gained 63 yards on three kickoff returns.

South Florida … Limited to one solo tackle, adding a 25-yard kickoff return.

Mississippi State … Broke up three passes and delivered three solo tackles.

New Mexico State … Had seven tackles (5 solos) while breaking up one pass and returned a kickoff 21 yards.

Florida … His third quarter interception of a Tim Tebow pass set up an Auburn 30-yard field goal, as Lee had four tackles and two kickoff returns for 40 yards.

Vanderbilt … Picked off a Mackenzie Adams third quarter pass at the Vandy 36, returning the ball 26 yards to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by the Tigers' Brad Lester, as Lee was in on four stops with two deflected passes.

Arkansas and Alabama … Made three solo tackles in each game.

Louisiana State … Returned a kickoff 35 yards and posted four tackles … Also picked off a Matt Flynn third quarter pass for an 8-yard return.

Mississippi … Followed with a fourth quarter interception of a Brent Schaeffer pass in the end zone to kill a 13-play, 79-yard series, as Auburn converted that turnover into a 34-yard touchdown pass from QB Brandon Cox to Red Smith … Also registered eight tackles (6 solos).

Georgia … Posted six tackles (5 solos).

Clemson (Chick Fil-A Bowl) … Closed out his career with four solo tackles and two pass break-ups, as he also returned two kickoffs for 88 yards, including a fourth quarter 30-yarder that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Auburn's Ben Tate.

2006 Season

Played in twelve games, sitting out the Louisiana State clash … Started at right cornerback vs. Buffalo, South Carolina, Florida and Nebraska (Cotton Bowl) … Recorded 25 tackles (15 solos) with a stop for a 6-yard loss and a pressure … Caused and recovered a fumble that he returned 20 yards for a touchdown … Added 18 yards on an interception return and 15 yards on a kickoff return … Also deflected six passes.

2006 Game Analysis

Broke up a pass and posted one tackle vs. Georgia … Intercepted his first career pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 18 yards vs. Arkansas State … Credited with two solo tackles and a forced fumble in the second quarter vs. Tulane … Posted three tackles vs. Florida and returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game … Started his second straight game and batted down a pass in the end zone on South Carolina's fourth down (and the Gamecocks' last offensive play of the game) in the fourth quarter to seal Auburn's win … Started vs. Buffalo and posted five tackles, a pass deflection and a QB pressure … Posted three tackles and a pass deflection vs. Mississippi State … Made three tackles vs. Washington State … Started and had two tackles and a pass deflection vs. Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl, as he also returned one kickoff for 15 yards.

2005 Season

Saw action in eleven games (did not play vs. Arkansas), starting the first five of the season vs. Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Ball State, Western Kentucky and South Carolina at right cornerback, but after posting just seven tackles in those starts, he was replaced in the lineup … Finished with nine tackles (7 solos) and three pass deflections.

2005 Game Analysis

Tallied a pass deflection vs. Alabama … Posted two tackles vs. Ball State … Finished with four solo tackles vs. Mississippi State with one pass break-up … Added a pass deflection and a solo tackle vs. Georgia Tech.

2004 Season

Played in all twelve games as a reserve cornerback, delivering 14 tackles (12 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss and a pass deflection … Had two solo tackles including a tackle for loss (-2) and pass break-up vs. Kentucky … Added five tackles including three solo vs. Louisiana Tech … Credited with two solo tackles vs. Mississippi State … Posted a two-tackle effort vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

2003 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the Arkansas clash with a hamstring pull.

2005: Missed the Louisiana State contest with an ankle sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash … 1.54 10-yard dash … 2.59 20-yard dash … 4.39 20-yard shuttle … 6.89 three-cone drill … 35-inch vertical jump … 9'9" broad jump … 31 1/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands.

Combine: 4.41 in the 40-yard dash … 1.46 10-yard dash … 2.53 20-yard dash … 4.32 20-yard shuttle … 7.07 three-cone drill … 31-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

High School

Attended Christopher Columbus (Miami, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Chris Merritt … Earned Super Prep All-Dixie and Florida Times Union Super 75 honors … Named one of the top five cornerbacks in Florida by the Florida Times Union and received second-team All-Dade County honors … Started at free safety during his last two seasons … Recorded 70 tackles, five broken up passes, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks … Returned one interception 75 yards for a touchdown and also returned 14 kickoffs for 256 yards including one for an 85-yard touchdown … Competed in track, winning the state championship in the long jump with a leap of 23'10".


Graduated in December 2006 with a degree in Criminology … Son of Marlene and David Lee … Born 2/20/84 … Resides in Miami, Florida.


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