BleacherReport.com released a post Senior Bowl draft based on the grades some of the players received after the game. Some players’ potential moved up the rankings on the mock draft board and a surprising few moved down. In round seven of their draft the Bleacher Report has the Philadelphia Eagles picking USC Wide Receiver Marquise Lee. Here is their thought process.
With Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin both set to become unrestricted free agents, the Philadelphia Eagles have a potential need at wide receiver. Even if Cooper and/or Maclin are brought back, USC’s Marqise Lee would still make sense as a very good value selection at the No. 22 overall pick.
Lee doesn’t wow with speed like Sammy Watkins or size like Mike Evans, but he might be the draft class’ most well-rounded receiver. He is a natural hands catcher who glides in the open field and runs terrific routes.
He might not run away from many NFL cornerbacks with his speed alone, but he could excel as an intermediate receiver. He projects well both outside and from the slot, and he has the vision, quickness and downfield acceleration to extend plays into bigger gains.
Considering he caught 20 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns in just two collegiate games against Chip Kelly-led Oregon teams, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach should know him well. Matt Barkley, an Eagles backup quarterback who passed to Lee for two seasons at USC, could also vouch for his former top target.
With two Free Agency wide receivers’ future with the Eagles uncertain I can see the logic in looking at wide receivers at this point. The Eagles need a compliment to their star wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Lee isn’t very fast or big so though the Eagles may indeed need a wide receiver I am just not sure Lee is the right choice. What do you think?