WR MARQISE LEE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA*

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6’0” – 195 lbs. – 4.45e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: 73 – 1,143 – 11 (15.7)
2012: 118 – 1,721 – 14 (14.6)

OVERVIEW:

Started eight of the twelve games he appeared in as a true freshman, being named to the All-Pac-12 second team. Finished second in the NCAA in receptions per game and receiving yards per game as a sophomore, winning the Biletnikoff Award and finishing fourth in Heisman voting.

STRENGTHS:

•    Was incredibly productive during his first two seasons in school.
•    Possesses average height for an outside receiver, with long limbs.
•    Should end up timing a little bit better than fellow Trojan Robert Woods.
•    A Swiss army knife who can be used in a variety of different ways.
•    Quality route runner who can execute a wide range of assignments.
•    Reliable hands, can make contested catches or go over the middle.
•    Effective at gaining yards after the catch, physical with some shake.
•    High-effort blocker, can be sent in motion and seal defenders inside.
•    Great body control on the outside, good awareness of the sideline.
•    Tracks the ball well over his shoulder on deep passes, looks comfortable.
•    Has also contributed effectively as Southern California’s kick returner.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Not a physical or athletic specimen like most top receiver prospects.
•    His thin build and physical running style create durability concerns.
•    A lot of his production comes via screens and shorter receptions.
•    Failed to match the production of his freshman and sophomore years.
•    Sprained his left knee this year, missing some time, limiting production.

SUMMARY:

Lee excels at just about everything you want a wide receiver to do; he is capable of running a variety of routes, almost never drops a pass, can separate down the sideline or run slants over the middle, regularly gains a handful of yards after the catch, especially on screens, and is a very effective, high-motor blocker with a physical style of play. The primary concern at this point is how well his body will hold up given his aggressive running style and thin build, especially considering his knee injury this season. RD 1

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