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Marqise Lee

Report Prepared By John Harris

Marqise Lee Photo: espn.go.com

Breakdown:

#9
Class: Junior
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192 lbs.
School: Southern California
Bio:
  • Led the Trojans with 57 receptions in only 11 games (2013)
  • Consensus All-American (2012)
  • Biletnikoff Award winner (2012)
  • First-team All-Pac 12 (2012)
  • 2013 stats:  57 receptions, 791 yards and four TD

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 4.52 seconds
  • Vertical Jump - 38"
  • Broad Jump - 10'7"
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.01 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 31 3/4"
  • Hand size - 9 1/2"

Pros

  • The physical aspect of the game doesn't scare him - he likes to mix it up physically
  • Was supposed to start at DB at USC so physical part of game doesn't bother him
  • Speed is scary
  • When fully healthy, his burst and explosiveness are top notch.
  • Run after the catch, whether on slants across the middle or quick hitches outside the numbers, is his best asset.
  • Skills in the return game
  • Effortless change of direction, whether on a route or with ball in his hands.
  • High effort, never quits on a play

Cons

  • Ankle injury held him back in 2013
  • Still more athlete playing receiver than a receiver who is athletic.
  • Nearly every catch I've seen is a body catch.
  • Doesn't appear to possess consistently good hands
  • Doesn't high point the deep downfield throw
  • Not sure how good he is as a covered deep threat.

Film Room

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0:28 Lacks the explosiveness after the catch as he displayed in 2012

0:50 Not scared to mix it up, but also had clean shot on safety and HE ended up on his wallet

1:14 Can't tell if he's dogging it or selling the route by slow playing it, but when he hits the top of the stem, he explodes into the open for the TD catch

1:37 Speed

2:47 Solid read on in route, understanding of coverage - knows what his landmark is and has to fight (uses his hands to "whip" the DB to the spot) through the S to get there.

4:13 RUN.  AFTER.  THE.  CATCH.  WOW!

6:12 (end zone shot) from slot, poor read on route - should've run curl and slid away from safety into CB-S 'hole'.  He gets to top of stem and slid inside toward safety.  QB threw to spot where Lee should've been based on coverage.

6:47 (end zone shot) again from the slot, excellent read on scramble drill.  After initially crossing formation, he works back to open spot for reception.

7:23 Uses hands to get position but doesn't high point the deep ball

8:08 WR, Diva temper tantrum

8:58 Last year, that was a touchdown.

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0:03 Love the way he sticks the outside foot at the top of his stem and gets separation on his route.

0:24 Hustle to get not one block but two to free up RB for TD

0:38 When he leaves the screen, DB is draped on him, when ball is thrown, he has five yards of space.

1:27 Disrupted by press coverage, still makes catch on shallow crosser

2:29 Ball goes through his hands for what should've been a key first down.

3:24 One play after getting mauled in press man, he uses his quickness and burst to get separation.  He makes catch, stops on a dime to face up DB and then shakes him.

4:51 Love to see him fight through tackle for a first down

Report

After watching former Florida State star WR Peter Warrick up close and personal for four years, it's hard not to compare Lee to Warrick.  Same number.  Same quickness.  Same explosiveness.  Same toughness.  Hopefully for Lee, his NFL career will turn out much better than Warrick's did.
 
It's the stop-on-a-dime-and-give-you-change quickness and sudden burst that'll first grab your eye when watching Lee.  An ankle injury slowed him for the better part of 2013, but when he was right in his career, he embarrassed plenty of defenders.  But, will his skills translate better than the aforementioned Warrick's?
 
Hard to say, but the way that teams utilize a threat like Lee nowadays in the NFL is much different than ten to 12 years ago when Warrick was with the Bengals.  Lee lined up all over the field, playing nearly every receiver position.  He can be a dynamic slot receiver for a team that has a true No. 1 perimeter WR.  He could complement a No. 1 on the outside, especially if he sees man coverage or a CB with no S help over the top.  He runs decent routes and his ability to stop on a dime and change direction allow him that sliver of space that he'll need in the NFL.
 
But, he doens't catch the ball cleanly consistently.  He lets the ball get into his body and that can be a major issue in traffic.  And, being a top end deep threat, he doesn't make a ton of catches down the field over the top of a DB or in a fight for the ball with a DB.
 
Lee is one tough hombre with a rough upbringing in LA.  But, he's persevered to this point in his career.  He's not the top receiver in this class but with his dynamic abilities in space, a team will make much more use of him, than his former Seminole football doppelganger.