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Marquess Wilson | Wide Receiver

Team: Washington State Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 188

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Bears selected Washington State WR Marquess Wilson with the No. 236 overall pick.
Wilson (6-foot-2 5/8, 194) caught 82 balls for 1,388 yards (16.9 YPR) and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011 before quitting the Cougars' team in 2012 after alleging "abuse" by coach Mike Leach. Wilson ran 4.51 at the Combine with a scintillating 1.51 ten-yard split, although character concerns are obvious as he lacked concentration and didn't always seem to give full effort before leaving school. A talented headcase, Wilson is a boom-or-bust prospect. Wilson will compete for the No. 4 receiver role. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 06:51:00 PM

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Date:'s Gil Brandt reports Washington State QB Jeff Tuel and WR Marquess Wilson will work out for the New England Patriots on March 22.

The Patriots may be looking to upgrade both positions in the draft. The Patriots will most certainly be looking for more wide receivers and have shown in the past they're willing to take on character risks, which Wilson has been deemed. Wilson is 6'3", 194 pounds and has met with close more than 20 teams thus far.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline hears ex-Washington State WR Marquess Wilson previously ran in the 4.4s and hopes to repeat that performance at the Combine.

Wilson's time at Washington State ended on a very sour note after his relationship with the coaching staff went south. Prior to the year, Wilson was considered one of the top juniors at his position, but some questioned the consistency of his hands and dips in concentration.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 09:00:00 AM reports that former Washington State WR Marquess Wilson will declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Wilson made waves in November for calling out the Cougars' coaching staff after walking out on the team following a strenuous practice. The junior has talent, but he lacks concentration and effort which lead to drops and mistakes on the field. He will be an interesting case throughout the process.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 08:41:00 AM

In a statement he released Saturday, former Washington State WR Marquess Wilson cited "physical, emotional, and verbal abuse" as reasoning for leaving the football program earlier this week.

Wilson released the statement just two hours before the Cougars kickoff against UCLA. The junior walked out of a "vigorous" conditioning practice Sunday and chose to leave the team then, but the full statement appears to acknowledge the decision was a long time coming. Wilson claimed that the staff "has preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate" football players. Keep in mind, this is not the first time head coach Mike Leach has been accused of similar actions.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 08:59:00 PM

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos left the door open for a possible return of suspended junior WR Marquess Wilson.

Moos added that the decision is up to head coach Mike Leach, but that he would go to bat for Wilson if the junior wished to return. It still appears as if Wilson walked out on his team during a strenuous workout, so we doubt he returns. Watch for Wilson to be listed among the draft-eligible prospects in April.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 10:26:00 AM

According to one report from, junior WR Marquess Wilson has cleaned out his locker and quit the Washington State football team.

The school publicly stated that Wilson is merely suspended, but this reports cites two sources close to the team. The junior apparently left Sunday's practice during a "hell-ish" conditioning event. Wilson appears to have his sights set on the NFL, but his lack of consistency hurts.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 05:01:00 PM

Washington State head coach Mike Leach has suspended junior WR Marquess Wilson.

There are other reports stating that Wilson left last night's practice and subsequently quit the team, but this suspension was announced straight from the school. Many considered Wilson one of the best draft-eligible receivers prior to the 2013 season, but a multitude of drops and lack of concentration has led to a down season. This may push Wilson into April's NFL Draft.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 11:56:00 AM

Washington State junior WR Marquess Wilson registered a five catch, 99 yard, two touchdown line in Saturday's loss against Colorado.

Wilson, most importantly, dropped a few crucial balls, which will stick out in his evaluation. It has been a theme early this season, and Wilson will need to clean up those mental errors along with laziness while running routes. He is not in the Justin Hunter, Keenan Allen, Robert Woods grouping of this receiver class.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 07:08:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang considers junior WR Marquess Wilson Washington State's most "highly regarded pro prospect" since CB Marcus Trufant in 2003.

Rang warns that Wilson is not "a natural burner," but claims the junior is lean and athletic with excellent body control and a natural pass catcher. Wilson has been unaffected by the Cougars' revolving door at quarterback, compiling 137 receptions for 2,394 yards and 18 touchdowns in just two seasons. In order for the receiver to reach his potential, Rang believes Wilson must add weight to his frame, clean up his routes, and attempt to show off more explosiveness while separating from defenders consistently. He will be fun to watch in Mike Leach's offense and is just another talented prospect in the junior wide receiver class.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 10:04:00 AM