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Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: WR Marqise Lee

NFL Draft Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: WR Marqise Lee

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This is the first of eight player profiles analyzing who the Ravens may select with their 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. This series is meant to be devoid of mainstream media influence and present to you the player I think fits best on the Ravens when compared to which players will be available when they make their selection.

All of the eight players we’ll look at over the next four weeks are dynamic. They don’t just get by. They are among the best at their respective positions.

This series is also assuming the Ravens don’t trade out of their No. 17 overall pick on May 8, which could obviously happen. Anything could happen.

This is meant to be fun and somewhat accurate, so here we go.

Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver, University of Southern California

  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 192 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 38.0″

Best collegiate season (2012): 118 receptions, 1,721 yards (14.6 yard average), 14 touchdowns; 13 rushes, 106 yards (8.2 yard average)

Pros: Marqise Lee is pro-ready. I thought he could’ve made a serious run at the Heisman trophy in 2013, but although last year was not what he wanted it to be, Lee still showed off what has made him so good. He’s very good at understanding route concepts, stemming, and making in-throw adjustments. Lee has shown tremendous body control in the red area and along the sideline time and time again. It looks like he intends to score on every play.

Cons: In 2013, injuries cost him a chance to duplicate his stellar 2012 performance. He plays a lot on the outside, and although he’s performed well in that role, there will likely come a time where he’s called to run across the middle of a defense. Lee also doesn’t get as many yards after contact as you’d like. Can he withstand the punishment AFC North defenses will dole out?

Why the Ravens would select him: He’s soft spoken but is motivated and has proven his ability to persevere, just like many Ravens players. If he were picked by Baltimore he wouldn’t have to be the No. 1 wide receiver right away, he wouldn’t be asked to go across the middle that often, and he’d enjoy stability at quarterback and head coach (unlike his junior season at USC). In addition he’d help alleviate pressure on Jacoby Jones by returning kickoffs.

Projected position with the Ravens: “Z” receiver (or flanker), opposite Torrey Smith and either Steve Smith or Marlon Brown.

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Mike was born and raised in Baltimore. But after a year at York College of Pennsylvania, transferred to Towson University. At York he hosted various radio shows and wrote for The Spartan (the school's newspaper). In 2005, he spoke on a panel at the 2005 IBS conference in Manhattan regarding college game day presentation. At Towson, Mike was a public address announcer for multiple sports and majored in Mass Communication, with a focus in sports broadcasting. From 2012-13, he's covered Ravens training camp, and since 2012, he's been the social media coordinator for Johns Hopkins during their home men's lacrosse games. Mike got live a life-long dream when he attended Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and witness the Ravens become world champions! If you choose to do so, follow Mike Fast on twitter: @MikeFastNFL More from Mike Fast

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