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Marqise Lee | Wide Receiver

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

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Jaguars selected USC WR Marqise Lee with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Lee (5-foot-11 3/4, 192) was considered a future top-ten pick after winning the 2012 Biletnikoff Award as college football's top wideout, but his performance dropped sharply in 2013 due to nagging knee and shin injuries, and a disturbing 12.3% drop rate. Lee still finished with a 248-3,655-14.7-29 career receiving line, and two kick-return scores. His stock took a hit at the Combine with a sluggish 4.52 forty, though Lee showed explosion with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump. Ultimately, Lee is a softer, slightly built wideout who will have to win with separation because he comes up short too often in contested situations. And his hands are an obvious issue. All that being said, he has the inside track on starting opposite Cecil Shorts come Week 1. May 9 - 7:48 PM

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USC WR Marqise Lee and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks are "two names that continue to come up in discussion for the Eagles," reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

"I’m also told they like both Hasean Clinton-Dix and Bradley Roby but the receivers are the names most passed around," the analyst added. Philadelphia has noticeable needs at receiver and the secondary, so we also expect them to invest today's selection in shoring up one of those spots. Luckily for the Eagles, this draft is strong at WR and CB.
May 8 - 7:22 PM

New York Post's Brian Costello reports that the New York Jets have shown a ton of interest in USC WR Marqise Lee.

The New York Jets had offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg at Lee's pro day and had private meetings with him before and after the event. The Jets brass also flew Lee to their training facility for an official visit. The WR-needy Jets will have to figure out which WR to take, with Odell Beckham Jr, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin possibly on the board when they choose at No.18.
May 6 - 3:09 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee told the media an MCL sprain was the culprit for his down 2013 season.

Lee suffered the injury in the Trojans' blowout loss to Arizona State in October. "Ain't nothing changed," he said. "I don't know what scouts are seeing as far as me being this in 2012 and me being this in 2013. ... The only thing that changed is stuff I couldn't control." Lee won the Biletnikoff with a 118-1721-14 line in 2012, but fell off to 57-791-4 last season. He also suffered atrocious coaching and poor QB play last year. Lee should fit into the end of the first round, perhaps with the Chiefs, Eagles or Saints.
Source: USA Today
May 5 - 7:08 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee polarized scouts interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with one saying he was more explosive than Odell Beckham, and another pointing to USC's history of WR busts.

"Even though he doesn't run as well as Beckham he's more explosive," one scout said. "He has been the guy where Beckham has been one of the guys (at LSU). He was much better obviously in '12 than '13." Lee runs a forty more than two-tenths of a second slower than Beckham (4.52 to 4.31). "He's not going to be a great No. 1 but a good No. 1," said another scout. "Very similar to Greg Jennings. Greg may be a little thicker in the lowers. Speed is comparable." Of course, another scout brought up USC's spotty WR record in the NFL, and, as has been frequently discussed, Lee is coming off a down campaign.
May 1 - 2:04 AM

USC WR Marqise Lee expressed interest in being selected by the Lions.

Detroit hosted Lee on a pre-draft visit last week. "Think I did pretty well, left a good impression, so hopefully, at the end of the day, I end up going there. If not, wherever I end up," Lee said. "Honestly, to tell you the truth, I'm going to be happy wherever I go down. If it's 10, it's 10. If it's 29, it's 29. It doesn't matter to me, as long as I get the opportunity to actually go out there and play." The Free Press reported that Detroit has hosted half a dozen wide receivers over the past few weeks.
Apr 20 - 10:56 PM

USC WR Marqise Lee was in Miami for a pre-draft visit on Tuesday.

Miami, sitting at the No. 19 overall pick in the first round, are in the range of Lee's value. The Dolphins finished 20th in the league in passing last season. Ryan Tannehill would never have to worry about if Lee is going to be in the correct spot on the field.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 6:31 PM

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

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

NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 2:58 PM