NFL Draft Profile: Southern Cal WR Marqise Lee

NFL Draft Profile: Southern Cal WR Marqise Lee
May 6, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Marqise Lee (WR), Southern Cal

6'0" | 192 lbs.

2013 stats:

11 games played, 57 rec., 791 yds, 4 TDs

Projection:

1st round

What the scouts are saying:

"Lee's build and struggles with injury in 2013 will certainly draw red-flags from scouts but when healthy, his talent is obvious. Further, he's not as polished as his former teammate, (Robert) Woods. Few can boast Lee's explosiveness, however, which will almost certainly result in his earning a first round selection come May. (Rob Rang, CBS Sports)

"An extremely motivated, dynamic, playmaking receiver, Lee's junior season was plagued by shoulder, knee and leg injuries and a revolving door at head coach, where he cycled through three. Showed all the traits desired in a No. 1 receiver early in his career and has overcome a lot of adversity in his life to get to this point." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Lee has a lot of landing spots late in the first round or early in the second round. There are a number of teams picking in the late teens and 20s that could select him. Perhaps the highest that Lee could hope to go would be to the Ravens or Jets in the late teens. Both teams signed free agent wide receivers, but each one could use more help in its receiving corps." (WalterFootball.com)

Fit for the Bears:

It's no secret the Bears must address the defense early in this year's draft, but most smart general managers select best player available over need in the first round. If that's the case, Lee very well may be at the top of many teams' draft boards. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery arguably are the best wide receiver duo in the NFL, but the Bears have a glaring need past those two. It's no longer enough to have just two solid receivers for an offense to function at its highest, and pairing Lee with Marshall and Jeffery would vault the Bears' offense to new highs. It'd be a surprise to see the Bears go offense with their first pick, but if they do Lee likely would be an option.

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