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Marqise Lee | Wide Receiver

Team: USC Trojans
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190

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ESPN's Todd McShay believes USC WR Marqise Lee is "going to fall a little bit" in May's draft.
"I think at worst he's the fifth wide receiver taken," McShay said. "I know there are a lot of guys that still think he's the third best receiver." The analyst said Lee is difficult to evaluate because, while healthy in 2012, he was "one of the most explosive players in college football." McShay had Lee rated as a top 10 prospect entering 2013, but then the wideout dropped 12.3% of the balls thrown to him, a bizarre stat after he caught everything in his vicinity in 2012. "It makes it very difficult to know who he is," McShay said. Apr 6 - 7:11 PM

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USC WR Marqise Lee told Pro Football Talk he has visits scheduled with the Panthers and Saints.

Lee has also had private workouts with two teams, but declined to mention them by name. The Trojan receiver had a down 2013 in terms of consistency, dropping over 12 percent of his catchable targets, but he still is fluid in his breaks and wins in the short to intermediate levels of the field.
Apr 4 - 1:27 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee met with the Ravens this week.

Lee also met with team officials at the combine. "I liked talking with the Ravens," Lee said at the combine. "That was a fun, good meeting. We'll see if they pick me in May, you never know." The former Biletnikoff winner had a 38-inch vertical leap, a 10-7 broad jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 second at the combine. He's a projected first-round selection.
Mar 29 - 4:17 PM's Bucky Brooks thinks USC WR Marqise Lee "will be a big-time playmaker at the next level" and could be the top WR prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Give Brooks credit: He has conviction, as he's expressed this opinion for some time. Lee was the talk of college football when he collected 118 receptions for 1,721 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2012, but he struggled a bit during an injury-plagued 2013 campaign. Brooks believes that Clemson WR Sammy Watkins and Lee "have nearly identical playing styles" and "are nearly equals as pure athletes." That said, they aren't equally-valued prospects. "Although I believe Lee's flaws as a pass catcher are correctable, the inconsistencies would give Watkins the nod in an evaluation that is much closer than some would suggest based on the water-cooler conversations that are taking place around the league," Brooks wrote.
Mar 20 - 3:43 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee privately met with "high-level Jets personnel" before and after his pro day workout.

This is "a good indication that the team will seriously consider him with the No. 18 overall pick," according to beat writer Manish Mehta. The team did just sign Eric Decker, but they need to add more offensive talent around Geno Smith. Lee had a down year compared to the 2012 season, including a 12 percent drop rate, but he has plenty of talent.
Source: Daily News
Mar 13 - 4:49 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee slipped from No. 15 to No. 20 on Mel Kiper's big board.

As we watch the draft stock of Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. soar, logic dictates that another receiver's popularity is fading. Lee is that wide out, and it's not surprising, as he was never expected to blow people away during the post-season testing period. "Lee is the kind of receiver you draft with slight questions on ceiling but a high degree of certainty regarding immediate impact," wrote Kiper. "He has exceptional fluidity in and out of breaks, and in changing directions after the catch. His quickness in short areas allows him to create space and big plays after the catch. He has reliable hands outside of the occasional drop and is a very good route runner -- accelerating without wasted motion."
Mar 8 - 8:19 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee ran an official forty time of 4.52 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His unofficial forty times -- 4.44 and 4.50 -- were a bit better, but this was still a disappointing output for a 5-foot-11 3/4, 192-pound receiver. Lee struggled a bit during an injury-plagued 2013 campaign, and he did himself no favors today in Indy. One should keep in mind, however, that Lee played through coaching staff turmoil and an awful QB situation at USC. He's also faster in pads than he is on a track. If a slide out of the first round is in store, some lucky team in the second round might just wind up with a star WR.
Feb 23 - 3:41 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee arrived at the Combine at 5-foot-11 and 3/4 inches and 192 pounds.

Lee also has 9 1/2 inch hands and 31 and 3/4 inch arms. The Trojans receiver had a drop rate of 12.31 percent, which was higher than his previous seasons. Our own Josh Norris would not be surprised if Lee is currently sitting outside of the first-round and looking in.
Feb 21 - 2:58 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee has had to overcome unique obstacles during his childhood.

Both of Lee's parents are deaf, so he communicates with them through sign language. Lee also had one brother murdered and another who is currently in jail. NFL teams already have this information after conducting extensive interviews since the summer, but it is just another example of hardships and story lines many of these prospects must live through during their careers.
Feb 11 - 8:59 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang lists USC WR Marqise Lee No. 10 overall on his big board.

"Lee's relatively slight frame could lead to durability issues in the NFL, but his first round skill set is undeniable," Rang writes. Sticking with the same position, Sammy Watkins checked in at No. 6 and Mike Evans at No. 17. These were the only three receivers who cracked the top-32.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 9:49 AM's Charles Davis lists USC WR Marqise Lee as a Top-5 pick in his most recent mock draft.

Davis has Lee going No. 5 to the Raiders, making him the only writer out of four to predict a WR outside of Clemson's Sammy Watkins as the first taken. Watkins dropped to the Rams at No. 13 in Davis' mock, three spots ahead of Texas A&M's Mike Evans.
Jan 30 - 6:55 PM

USC junior WR Marqise Lee declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

"To all Trojan fans," Lee wrote on his official Twitter account. "I have decided to forego my senior season at USC and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, staff and the entire Trojan Family for all of the support over the last three seasons." Lee will be a top-40 selection in May's draft. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares the Trojan to Reggie Wayne and tabs Lee as the No. 23 overall prospect in May's draft.
Jan 3 - 10:30 PM's Bucky Brooks believes USC junior Marqise Lee will be the top WR prospect from the 2014 NFL Draft.

Brooks believes it comes down to Lee's explosiveness. "He has the ability to score from anywhere on the field," Brooks said on a podcast. "We got a glimpse of how special he was in the Vegas Bowl when he was healthy. You saw the Marqise Lee that lit up everyone in 2012. I think he has the ability to be a difference-maker for any team in any role at the next level." We like Lee, but feel a few other receivers have passed him this season, including fellow Pac-12 target Brandin Cooks.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 10:16:00 AM

USC junior WR Marqise Lee caught seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 45-20 win over Fresno State.

Lee told reporters he was as close to 100 percent in this game as possible. Lee made a 40-plus yard grab on a crossing route that finished in a score. The junior apparently did not request an evaluation from the NFL, leading us to believe he is set on declaring for May's draft. A top-40 selection is in his future.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 10:48:00 PM

One NFL scout believes USC junior WR Marqise Lee remains a first-round pick.

"Teams are really going to like the person when they talk to him," the anonymous scout said. "He's had enough tape over the last couple of years where you can see the talent. He's an impressive player. He's got some savvy to him." Our own Josh Norris has compared Lee's game to Reggie Wayne, and a late first-round selection is a definite possibility. The Trojans play Fresno State on Saturday.
Source: LA Times
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 10:31:00 AM