The Detroit Lions offense was explosive when both Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush were in the lineup. However, when one or both were missing the Lions struggled to move the ball, which is why finding a complementary threat opposite of Calvin Johnson is essential this offseason.
After missing on a couple second round wide receivers in two of the past three drafts, there is a good chance the Lions draft a wide receiver with their first round pick. A polished receiver with outstanding production in college like Marqise Lee could be a weapon on the outside from day one if the Lions decide to trade down from their current 10th overall pick.
Notable Combine Measurables:
Weight: 192 lbs
40-Yd Dash: 4.52 secs
20- Yd Shuttle: 4.01 secs
Vertical Jump: 38″
Broad Jump: 127.0″
Traits and projected round
Lee is a polished college route runner with good speed and athleticism to create separation and makes him dynamic with the ball in his hands.
Lee is a top-15 talent but could fall outside that range depending how teams weigh their other draft needs with this being a deep class of wide receivers.
Why the Lions Could Draft Marqise Lee
Receiver is he most pressing need on the team and Lee brings three years of experience with him from USC. In those three years he has proven to be a reliable pass catcher recording 1,721 yards and 14 tds as a sophomore and 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. His freshman numbers weren’t bad either, recording just shy of 800 yards for the season.
Unfortunately for Lee, his stock as a potential top-10 pick dropped after his sub-par forty time. The only way the Lions obtain Lee is if they decide to trade back or if he drops clear into the second round.
The Video below shows the deep threat potential Lee is as well as his versatility as a route runner. If you’re looking for something to “wow” you in this video then just fast forward to the 2:40 mark. The catch, move, instincts, and run after the catch are very impressive.