Ravens First Round Scouting Report: 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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University of Southern California
Height: 6’0″ Weight: 195 lbs. 40 Time: 4.4 *Projected
-Strong route runner; quick first step
-Aggressive runner in open field
-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.