The Miami Dolphins are reportedly very interested in former USC WR and current 2014 NFL Draft prospect, Marqise Lee. Lee would definitely be an interesting option for Miami, who currently sits at pick number 19 in the upcoming May 8th NFL Draft.
Miami had previously held a visit with Lee, among other top receiver’s in this year’s class, yet Lee seems like a logical fit for Miami and their offensive scheme. Two seasons ago, Lee won the Biletnikoff Award at the college level, which is handed out to the nation’s top receiver. In that same season, Lee caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards (14.6 ypr) and 14 touchdowns, with current Philadelphia Eagle Matt Barkley as his QB. This past season, Lee’s production dropped a bit due to unstable quarterback play. Lee still finished the season with 57 receptions for 791 yards (13.9 ypr) and 4 touchdowns.
Marqise Lee will not blow you away with size – 6’0″ – 192 lbs. - 31 3/4″ arms – 9 1/2″ hands – nor will he blow you away with his speed – ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February, but he will blow you away with his route running, his play after-the-catch, and his ability to get open. Lee is a dynamic play-maker at the receiver position, something that Miami has been lacking as of late, and can turn short routes into big gains.
Marqise Lee also offers another option in the return game, which was not a strong point on this Miami squad last season with return specialist Marcus Thigpen manning the duties. Lee would offer up another option, at the very least as a more dynamic punt returner with sure hands and natural play-making ability.
Whether or not Miami does indeed select Marqise Lee in round one of the 2014 NFL Draft remains to be seen – it will likely depends on the value remaining on the board (IE Martin, Lewan, Mosley, etc. are all gone), but it definitely is an option. Marqise Lee would provide an option for Miami to potentially move on from WR Mike Wallace next season if he does not live up to his contract numbers this season. Keep an eye on this moving forward. And remember, expect the unexpected during draft time fans.
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