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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

Former USC QB Max Wittek visited Texas for its Saturday spring game.

This was the third time Wittek has been on the Austin campus. He's finishing up his degree at USC this spring, so he'll be eligible to play next year wherever he goes. With David Ash suffering from a foot fracture and sophomore Tyrone Swoopes unproven, the Longhorns provide a logical fit for the big-armed Wittek.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 5:44 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek "has taken multiple visits to Texas" and "is expected to make his decision in the near future," ESPN.com reports.

Starting QB David Ash just fractured his foot, and talented sophomore Tyrone Swoopes is untested, so new coach Charlie Strong is undoubtedly gunning for the former Trojan. The big armed Wittek is scheduled to graduate next month, so he should be eligible to play immediately in 2014. Ball placement has been a concern.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 6:15 PM

USC C Marcus Martin has had pre-draft meetings with the Saints, Eagles and Panthers, reports the National Football Post.

Experts expect Martin to slot between the second- and third-rounds. The former Trojan began his career at guard before shifting the center. NFL teams are split on which position he should play in the future, but evaluators are high on Martin's position versatility because he gives NFL teams the flexibility to step in and play all three interior spots immediately.
Apr 12 - 5:14 PM

An AFC executive prefers USC C Marcus Martin as a guard.

"[USC] moved him to center," the executive said. "I kind of liked him at guard. He’s really young (20 years old), but I see some things I like." Many evaluators are high on Martin's position versatility because he gives NFL teams the flexibility to step in and play all three interior spots immediately. He's battling Colorado State's Weston Richburg for the right to be the first center selected.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 6 - 9:16 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

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes USC C Marcus Martin is "the best interior offensive lineman in this class."

"The more I watch of USC OC/OG Marcus Martin the stronger I feel he's the best interior OL in this class. Plug and play skill set," Weidl tweeted. Many evaluators are high on Martin's position versatility. Martin gives NFL teams the flexibility to step right in and play all three interior spots, which raises his stock in the draft. Look for Martin to be a second day selection.
Mar 19 - 10:47 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

Colts HC Chuck Pagano was the only head coach who attended USC's pro day.

"He spent plenty of time studying the offensive linemen at the workout," according to NFL Media's Bryan Fischer. The Colts just released their starting center, Samson Satele, so Marcus Martin could be a target on the second day. The center class is fairly weak, but Martin has been mentioned as the top prospect by many evaluators.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 13 - 10:27 AM

USC edge rusher Morgan Breslin ran forties of 4.75 and 4.95 seconds at USC's Pro Day.

He also posted a 35.5 inch vertical jump and hoisted up 26 reps on the bench. Breslin was one of the most shocking snubs from the NFL Scouting Combine. In 2012 he looked to be one of the most promising edge rushers in the nation when he had 13 sacks after transferring from the JUCO level, but that momentum was halted as a senior when he missed nine games and appeared far less athletic. Former USC interim coach Ed Orgeron said Breslin was one of his favorite players to ever coach.
Mar 12 - 7:13 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


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