Ravens First Round Scouting Report: Marqise Lee

Marqise Lee

The Ravens offense was simply dreadful in 2013. It’s no wonder why so many Mock Drafts have Baltimore going offense in the First Round. Among a top heavy receiver class Lee continues to grab attention due to his play-making ability and fluid athleticism.

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Marqise Lee

Wide Receiver

University of Southern California

Height: 6’0″  Weight: 195 lbs.  40 Time: 4.4 *Projected

Strengths:

-Strong route runner; quick first step

-Soft hands

-Aggressive runner in open field

Weaknesses:

-Size and lean frame

-Must improve against press coverage

-Left knee injury a concern?

2011 Stats: 73 receptions for 1143 yards (15.7 Avg.), 11 TDs

2012 Stats: 118 receptions for 1721 yards (14.6 Avg.), 14 TDs

2013 Stats: 57 receptions for 791 yards (13.5 Avg. ), 4 TDs

The biggest question moving forward about Lee is his health. He dealt with multiple injuries that affected his output in 2013. He’s clearly a different player at 100% and you have to admire his tenacity playing through injuries, something that NFL coaches love.

During his seasons at USC as an underclassmen he showcased a quick first step, strong body control, and an ability to make big plays after the catch. He is a fit for most systems but seems ideal for Kubiak’s West Coast scheme. When given a chance to beat his assignment one on one he can make his man miss and grab yards in chunks.

Lee has shown himself to be a willing blocker and seems content to find ways to help his team be successful. With that in mind he did see time as a Returner and could have his explosiveness used to help the Return game if Jacoby Jones is not re-signed.

 

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About the author


Matt Jergensen   

Ravens Analyst

Matt is a lifelong Maryland resident and graduate of both Calvert Hall and Towson University. For over five years he worked as the senior site editor for Ravens Gab, now renamed Baltimore Gridiron Report, providing commentary and analysis. He’s also written articles for Ravens 24 x 7, now Russell Street Report and has appeared on the sports debate site, Fan vs. Fan. Matt currently lives in Bel Air, just minutes away from his job teaching high school history and economics for Harford County Public Schools.


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