Aug 29, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) carries the ball against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium. USC defeated Hawaii 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report


Marqise Lee had an impressive three year career with USC. Lee finished his Trojan days with 248 receptions for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns. Lee would be an excellent selection for the Chiefs in the 2014 NFL Draft, as Kansas City desperately needs a second reliable receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe.

Marqise Lee Combine Results

40-yard dash – 4.52 seconds

Vertical jump – 38.0 inch

Broad jump – 127.0 inch*

20-yard shuttle – 4.01 seconds

* = Combine top performer

(Courtesy of NFL.com)

While Lee’s final year at USC wasn’t the best, his 2012 performance proves how much potential this guy has. In 2012, Lee finished the season with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Chiefs could really use a dominant wide receiver like Lee.

 NFL.com says that Lee,

 “Is a nifty runner after the catch — can navigate through traffic and create with the ball in his hands. Can shift into top gear and run by tacklers — terrific acceleration and short-area burst. Fine route runner — understands how to set up defensive backs and has an innate feel for coverage.”

The Chiefs need this type of talent on their squad. There were times last season when poor Alex Smith didn’t have a lot of dependable receivers to throw the ball to. If Lee becomes a Chief, he’d be able to make big plays and get a lot of extra yardage for the offense.

NFL.com continues on saying that Lee,

 “Tracks the deep ball very well — has a knack for running underneath it. Attacks the ball and plucks it out of the sky. Very good competitive, functional playing speed.”

It’s great to read that Lee has the ability to catch deep balls. Smith took a lot of flack last season for not throwing deep balls. With a guy like Lee out on the field, Smith would feel a lot more confident knowing he has a guy who is great at making those type of plays.

CBSSports.com ranks Marqise Lee as the third best wide receiver and 15th best overall player in this year’s draft. The Chiefs have been linked to drafting Lee numerous times so this is something that could really happen for Kansas City. Bleacher Report states,

 “I can’t find a scenario where Lee is on the board past the 23rd selection, where the Chiefs are predicted to draft.

Running back Jamaal Charles led the Chiefs in receiving yards last season, and although Dwayne Bowe is a strong No. 1 receiving option, the Chiefs have no other receiver they can depend on.”

The only thing that worries me about Lee is that he tends to get bitten by the injury bug a lot. As a result, he finished his last year at USC with only four touchdowns.

If Lee can stay healthy, he’d make a great addition to the Chiefs offense.

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  • Brian Dempsey

    I’d be quite content to have Marqise Lee wind up in a Chiefs uniform. You can’t ignore what he did in 2012 & he’d help out in the kick-return game right away while he learns Andy Reid’s Offense and develops as a receiver. He’s very much in the same mold as Randall Cobb up in GB.

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      Thanks for commenting Brian! I agree, I’d like to see Lee with the Chiefs too. I honestly think we’ll end up getting him or Benjamin.

      • Brian Dempsey

        Leigh, I would not be too quick to peg a WR to the Chiefs with their 1st pick, as the media seems to be pimping. There is also 3-4 DE with the capability to attack the QB named Stephon Tuitt who they may be able to trade down and still draft & there is no Defensive player in this draft that is a better fit for the Chiefs Defense than Tuitt is. I know the Chiefs are interested in Tuitt and trading down and getting an extra pick or two and still landing Tuitt would be a major coup.

        • Leigh Oleszczak

          Tuitt would be a great fit for the Chiefs too. I’d also be content with getting a corner or a safety. It’s just frustrating when we finally have a quarterback, but only one decent player for him to get the ball to.

          • Brian Dempsey

            I hear you regarding the Chiefs receivers group & I was bummed out when Kelce had to miss the season, as I really had high hopes for him ( and still do ). The receiver group as whole needs a the overall talent to be boosted, without question.

  • Stan Smith

    Why write about stuff that will not happen???

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      My job for this year’s draft is to cover the top ten receivers whether we have a chance of getting them or not.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    I’m not impressed with USC skill position players. They don’t translate well in the NFL. I hope Lee becomes another teams problem.

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      As I said, the only thing that worries me about Lee is that he’s injury prone. Other than that, I wouldn’t mind having him in Kansas City.