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.
Matt is a lifelong Maryland resident and graduate of both Calvert Hall and Towson University. Before joining BSL, Matt worked as the Senior Site Editor for Baltimore Gridiron Report, providing commentary and analysis. He’s also written articles for Russell Street Report, and has appeared as a guest on 1370AM. Matt Co-Hosts Ravens Rap weekly with Mike Randall. Matt currently lives in Bel Air, just minutes away from his job teaching high school history and economics for Harford County Public Schools.