Marqise Lee, WR/PR, USC


Jaguars, Round 2. Was a junior. Went a little lower than I and most others expected, but not by much. And he goes to a team with a growing need for a wide receiver, with Blackmon’s history of – and recent – troubles. If Blackmon returns and keeps his head on straight, they have a very nice, young WR corps for years. But if he doesn’t, Lee will pair with Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders, and with new QB Blake Bortles, to still give the Jaguars offense a solid beginning. Has the skills to be a solid WR in the NFL, though he has some big durability concerns. Should contribute immediately as a punt returner and as a complementary WR.

Positives: Runs with good speed and acceleration and above-average quickness. Above-average hands and good concentration on difficult catches. Runs good routes, with quick, crisp breaks getting good angles on the ball. Good body control and adjusts well to errant passes. Elusive after the catch. Comes back to the quarterback on scramble drill.Looks like he’s tough enough to play through pain. Adequate hand size. Adequate track speed for his size and position. Above-average vertical leap, lateral quickness, and general lower body explosiveness in Combine testing.

Negatives: Slightly below-average height and bulk for the position. Though his hands are generally above average, he shows lapses in concentration on easy passes where he wants to turn upfield before securing the pass. Tends to dance around too much after the catch. As a kick returner, will go sideways and not necessarily head upfield. Below-average ball security – holds loose and away from body. Seems a little contact shy on passes over the middle. Major durability concerns. Slightly injured his knee before spring practice 2013. Then he injured his knee again in September 2013 and missed two games. Then, he came back and reinjured it, but came back again the next week. Doesn’t look too comfortable tracking passes over his shoulder.

Projection: If the team’s offense improves, he has the skills to eventually put up WR1 numbers in fantasy, but only expect WR3 numbers for a while. Feel free to use a late-first-round pick in your dynasty rookie league drafts.

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