2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Marqise Lee
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top wide receiver prospects and we are focusing our attention on USC’s Marqise Lee today.
An L.A native, Lee battled through the rough streets of Inglewood to become a top wide receiver prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft. Blessed with exceptional speed and agility, Lee was a dynamic weapon at USC and put together a phenomenal year in 2012 winning the Biletnikoff Award for the nations top wide receiver with a ridiculous 118 catches for 1,700 yards. He struggled last season with injuries and was unable to replicate his stellar sophomore season finishing with 57 catches for just under 800 yards. Despite a poor showing in 2013, Lee will here his name called in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft because of his ability to turn any play into a touchdown.
Explosive Speed: Fires off the line of scrimmage, can run right pass defenders on deep routes, great acceleration, able to separate on quick routes, plays way faster than his 4.52 40 and usually looks like the fastest guy on on the field.
Dangerous After the Catch: Uses his ridiculous speed and agility to pick up yards after the catch, is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball, electric kick/punt returner and secures the ball without breaking his stride.
Attacks the Football: Plucks the ball out of the air, uses his impressive leaping ability to high point the football and made a number of catches in traffic at USC.
Slight Frame: Smaller receiver at 6 foot 190, dealt with injuries during his final year at USC, struggles against physical corners and press coverage.
Indecisive After the Catch: Can get caught going East/West instead of North/South, dances too much with the ball, would benefit from making one move and getting upfield.
Ball Security: Loosely carries the football, leaves it open for defenders to attack and had multiple fumbles at USC.
Overall: After dominating 2012, Lee was a near lock for a top 10 pick if he declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. Instead, he stayed in at USC for his Junior Season and was hampered by injuries and inconsistent quarterback play. While his poor 2013 season gave scouts some reasons too worry, Lee is still an elite prospect due to his amazing speed and play making ability. That said Lee is far from a complete prospect but he has the raw skills and potential to become a dynamic weapon in the NFL.
Prediction: 2nd Half of the 1st Round
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