Rounding out the first 10 players on this list is linebacker Elijah Lee, who I was ecstatic about when the 49ers signed him off the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad. Lee was a great linebacker at Kansas State, who served as the team’s tackling machine. He did not get many opportunities until his second year in the league, once Reuben Foster was released.
Lee immediately stepped up and became the tackling machine he was in college, having a good feel for the ball and decent coverage skills.
Unfortunately, as every inexperienced player does once in a while, he did take some bad angles on ball carriers and had an alarmingly poor missed tackle on Seahawks running back Chris Carson in the Week 15 game against Seattle:
With that being said, Lee really stepped it up when his number was called, ranking second on the team in solo tackles.
Lee should keep his spot on the roster in 2019.