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Marqise Lee Undecided On Entering 2014 NFL Draft


Prior to No. 23 USC and No. 22 UCLA taking the Coliseum field on Saturday, the seniors on the Trojan roster will be recognized in what will be their final home game.

It is typically a tradition reserved for seniors, but with NFL level juniors also on the roster, it may be a final home game for them as well.

Maybe not for Marqise Lee, however.

While speaking with reporters following practice on Tuesday, Lee said he has yet to make a decision on whether or not he will forgo his senior season.

The 2012 Biletnikoff winner said he hasn’t given the decision any thought, and has yet to discuss it with his family.

Lee sits in second place behind Robert Woods on the USC all-time receptions list. His production in 2013 has seen a sizable drop off due in part to Lee battling injuries for much of the season, and dropped passes.

After suffering an apparent bone bruise in the Trojan victory over No. 8 Stanford, Lee didn’t make the trip for the Trojans’ game against Colorado.

During his Sunday conference call, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said he was “sure” Lee would play against UCLA.

As it stands, Lee would need 18 receptions to surpass Woods on the receptions list.

Despite the decline in production, it would come as a surprise should Lee not enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

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  • Rigged4fun

    The question for Lee is whether his draft position will drop because of his slow season this year. Let’s face it he has been non productive this year. Since Agholor is now recognized as a threat, it might open up Lee’s chances to have a tremendous senior year and cement a first round draft. Of course he has now shown a tendency to get hurt which needs to be dispelled. I would hope with the elevation of Kessler as a passer it might become a much better situation to stay.

    • Matthew Moreno

      I think his draft position has slipped for the time being, but it’s nothing he can’t fix with a strong showing at the combine.

      As a skill player, I think Lee coming back for a senior season is too much of a risk, injury wise.

      • Ben Factor

        Completely agree that it’s in Lee’s best interest to leave, especially given his personal and injury background. I don’t think Woods will advise Lee to stay, and that probably will count.

        There is no way to paper over that he did get hurt and didn’t heal up quickly, or that he had concentration lapses. It is highly unlikely that he would have the opportunity in 2014 to improve on his 2012 season. Kessler is not an NFL talent (just my opinion), Browne is an unknown quantity, the OL projects as a continuing 2014 issue because of sanctions, and all those factors may limit any showcase senior season.

        If Lee won’t be at full strength by winter, that may be something for him to consider. If he’s 95%+, when he will be evaluated alongside Watkins and Evans, Lee will show what he’s got. He will either rise, fall, or continue to be ranked third among the WRs. I would bet against his falling. I don’t know if he’s actually better than the other two; I wouldn’t be shocked either way. It’s different to play with Boyd or Manziel than with Kessler. Evans is pretty slow, which isn’t determinative, but means he’s not the successor to Megatron.

        To maximize his talent, Lee needs to play against better DBs, with a less limited passer, in a more sophisticated passing offense.