Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Marqise Lee, WR USC

Created on Apr. 18, 2014 6:47 PM EST



2013 STATS: 57 REC, 791 YDS, 4 TD

STRENGTHS: One of the most explosive, physically-gifted receivers in this class, Lee has shown during the early stages of his college career that he's capable of taking over games. He's a handful for defenders to bring down after the catch thanks to his elusiveness and incredible vision. Corners press Lee at their own risk, as he's a great vertical threat capable of hitting a home run any play when healthy. When he's not improvising, he's a solid route runner who has improved a great deal in that part of his game since arriving at USC in 2011. He's also a quality return man, which will make him an even more valuable asset.

WEAKNESSES: From a talent standpoint, Lee should be a top 5-10 pick. He appeared to be a top 5 lock after winning the Biletnikoff Award in 2012 as a sophomore, as he racked up over 1,700 yards receiving for the Trojans. Injuries and inconsistent play marred his junior season, however, and his durability has raised red flags for scouts. He has improved a great deal as a route runner, but he still has a tendency to try to improvise his routes mid-play, which led to untimely interceptions that hurt his team last year. At times last seasonn, he seemed to disappear and lose focus, but part of that problem could be attributed to not having as good of a quarterback under center.

WHERE HE FITS: When healthy, Lee is still a dynamic play maker who can change games with the football in his hands. One sub-par campaign shouldn't alter his value that much, and if he does end up falling out of the top 20, someone will get a great steal as long as he avoids the trainer's table. Seattle is in an interesting position, as head coach Pete Carroll was involved in the early stages of recruiting Lee out of high school. If Lee does indeed fall out of the top 20, the Seahawks may have interest in calling teams about trading up to draft him. He'd fill the punt return vacancy left by Golden Tate while also giving Russell Wilson another dangerous receiver on the outside to work with.
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