It was not a surprise when USC wide receiver Marqise Lee decided to declare for the 2014 NFL draft after his junior year. He was one of the most talked about players in college football because of his natural ability to get open and make catches.
He may not have the size of a lot of the top wideouts in the NFL, but he plays much bigger than his 6 foot tall body and 195 pound frame. He will be an instant starter on any team that selects him in this year’s draft and will produce when asked to. He doesn’t drop a lot of passes and handles himself well off the field.
Here are his statistics over three seasons at USC:
36 games played
- 248 catches
- 3655 receiving yards
- 29 touchdowns caught
- 24 rushes
- 146 rushing yards
- 50 kick returns
- 1305 kick return yards
- 2 return touchdowns
Based on those statistics alone, Lee should warrant a early selection in this year’s draft. It will be surprising if he ends up sliding out of the first round.
- Plays bigger than his real size
- Explosive speed
- Ability to change directions on the fly
- Natural physical ability
- Has struggled with injuries
- Route running, improvises too much
Fit For The Vikings
Minnesota may need to replace Jerome Simpson.
I love Lee’s explosiveness and speed. However, I don’t think the Vikings will select a wide receiver in the first round of this year’s draft and have bigger needs to fill at other positions.