Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) runs up field en route to a 44 yard touchdown as Arizona Wildcats cornerback Shaquille Richardson (5) pursues during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Interest In WR Marqise Lee Grows

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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  • Johnny

    Not going to happen… Phins will NOT spend a 1st round pick on a WR!!!!

    • Disqus_Blazus

      Not unless it’s Mike Evans.

      • Johnny

        Wouldn’t mind Evans.. I like my WRs alittle bigger.. 6’3-6’4… Give RT17 some real Targets… Even our TE Clay is small for a TE..

    • Johnny

      Plus he’s not consistent (DROPS).. Plus he’s had many injuries… Red flags and then some!!! Whoever drafts this kid will not like what their getting..

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        He was a beast when Barkley was QB and Barkley was nothing special. He had a down year but prior to that had a very good freshman year and a great sophomore year. Miami has 1 WR who can turn little yards into big ones and they need another. Hartline is good but its time to upgrade. Plus 2 of our top three WR are coming off injury. Its a shame the line is horrible otherwise Miami coulda had a chance to land a really good reciever in the first.

        • Johnny

          I hear you… But I’d prefer a 6’3 – 6’4 WR.. Also maybe ASJ for TE .. 6’6 263, ran a 4.56 40 unofficial at Jets facility… We need some BIG TARGETS for Tannehill… Something of a Red-Zone threat/target..

  • Odel Neil

    I agree more pressing needs

  • tpl

    Definitely not gonna happen! Miami could trade down into the second round, and still get a better we than Lee. Plus philbin likes to draft his wrs late and groom them for a few years.

    • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

      wow you obviously been misinformed

  • http://www.premiermcs.com Jcartwright67

    Having the draft this late in the year doesn’t really work for me! We should have stopped speculating by now and been complaining! I’m hoping for anything but a WR in the first. Its one position I don’t think needs addressing to later rounds if at all.

  • Marshall Summerlin

    I sure hope we do not draft Marqise Lee there are far better wide receivers available in this draft has anyone thought about possibly in drafting Kelvin Benjamin working him as a hybrid wide receiver tight ends just a thought

    • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

      You would draft Benjamin over Lee hahahahah please list the “far better receivers”.