Marqise Lee – WR USC, 6’0″, 192 LBS, 31 3/4″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 2, Pick 7, Jacksonville Jaguars
Combine Results: 4.52 Forty | 38″ Vertical Jump | 105″ Broad Jump
- High School Parade All-American
- Competed on the USC track team as a sprinter and long jumper.
- Named PAC-12 Freshmen Offensive Co-Player of the Year.
- In 2012 he was named PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
- Was the recipient of the Biletnikoff and Paul Warfield awards in 2012.
NFL Impact: Don’t let his down year in 2013 at USC fool you, Marqise Lee can play. In 2012 he was outstanding and could contribute in the NFL this season. His size is a concern at just 6 feet, but he can jump very high posting a 38″ vertical at the NFL combine.
He runs very fast on the field and has the moves to make those extra yards after the catch. I believe he’s capable of playing the outside in the league but may be more valuable in the slot.
There seem to be no character issues of note but his lingering health concerns in 2013 should be noted.
The Jaguars went right back on offense after taking Blake Bortles in round one and got him a target to throw to. Lee will compete with Mike Brown and Ace Sanders to play on the opposite side of Cecil Shorts. With Justin Blackmon’s status in limbo, this was an immediate concern for the Jags.
Fantasy Impact: It’s always hard to pinpoint which receivers entering the NFL will have an immediate impact. If you go back and look at the history of the league, most WRs do not make an immediate impact in their first season. But for top-flight receivers like Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green, they were able to come in right away and contribute. I don’t put Lee in that category but he should be taken early in any dynasty league drafts.
Going to the Jaguars, gives Lee a better than average chance to make a fantasy impact and Jacksonville could be playing catchup in more than a few games in 2014. This could give Lee a shot at producing decent garbage time points, which is what Shorts and company have done each of the past two seasons.