Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If Marqise Lee Is Available at Pick 25…


What if it happens again? What if teams overlook a wide receiver in the first round and he falls to the Chargers with the 25th selection. Marqise Lee seems to be getting overshadowed by a number of players at the NFL Combine, much like Keenan Allen was getting overshadowed on the day.

Lee was projected to be one of the top (if not the top) receivers entering the draft, but other player’s physical traits and abilities are getting a lot of publicity while Lee hasn’t had a moment to stand out. Even Lee’s 40 time was just .01 seconds faster than Jadeveon Clowney’s time.

Lee has all the abilities to make a splash in the NFL. He can get separation and can make big plays after the catch. He is a playmaker on offense and would be a perfect compliment to Keenan Allen. Philip Rivers and the offense would love to have that type of talent on offense.

Would he be worth our first round selection in the draft if he is available though?

I wouldn’t be mad if we selected him. He can help on special teams and we would have another weapon on offense. Might as well make our offense great.

 

Tags: NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Nix eating dirt on the broad jump, also running the slowest 40 time along with Will Sutton at 5.35

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1971771-louis-nix-has-trouble-sticking-landing-during-broad-jump-at-nfl-combine

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Nix eating dirt was hilarious.. still laughing over it

  • Kevin Manning

    I like Like lee a lot… Just hope that if Chargers go wide receiver in first round… they do not set themselves back in improving the defense. But who knows.. the DB field looks pretty good this year and the Chargers could still get a good one in the Second or third round.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      that is where i have a hard time taking a wide receiver this early in the draft. there will be a lot of talent on defense there that we will pass on.

      • Sergio Quintero

        If the top 2 corners are gone I’m looking at this group of 5 WR’s: Cooks, Beckham, Benjamin, Mathews and Lee, and the 2 pass rushers Ford & Ealy.

        Another prediction the chargers like their Safeties and will not invest in one before the 4th round.

        • arnie

          I can see that. I believe Telesco may go OL in the 1st round again. While they don’t “need” one, now is the time to start getting Hardwick/Clary’s replacement. I think Clary will renegotiate his deal and be here through 2015.

          • Sergio Quintero

            If the chargers come out with OL guy, I would keep an eye on Zack Martin from Notre Dame, can play LT really well, probably is a pro bowl level OG really quickly, and maybe even C.

            But my money says pass rusher, or CB, WR if someone falls that value says you have to take him.

          • arnie

            Agreed. Like everything else the guessing game continues.

      • Julien Bélair

        Who are your Top 5 def guys who could be there at 25 that you want?

      • Sergio Quintero

        It’s pretty simple draft if one the top 2 corners falls, but CB’s tend to go fast in the draft. I’m not buying any corner so far after the top 2 guys for the first round.

    • Sergio Quintero

      After the top 2 corners the next 8 to 10 have very similar 2-3 round grades, so the correct strategy should be wait to take one in the 2-3 area.

      • Julien Bélair

        I agree with you. If Gilbert or dennard are gone go after nix. He is gone? Go after ford or a wr

        • Sergio Quintero

          Pretty much 100% agree, Ealy should be gone, I haven’t seen his coverage drills today, I’m at work.

          So the order for is Lee, Ford, Beckham, Mathews. The other 2 WR’s Cooks & Benjamin I would feel better to take them in the 2nd round.

          • Julien Bélair

            Nix before Lee though he wont be there

          • shane

            I would absolutely take lee over anhe any of the above mentioned wr’s. Lee by far the most successful and most polished route runner, while other may have better measurables and such lee puts up numbers. 40 times are probably the most overrated thing in football. Keenan Allen runs 4.6 range and balls out. Jerry Rice was a 4.7 or something…like i said, speed is overrated. lee is a stud.

          • Julien Bélair

            he is for sure but if Nix and Lee are there what do you do

  • Julien Bélair

    At the moment I prefer Beckam over Lee but I would be very happy with either of them

    • Gunnar Martin

      The only problem I have with Beckham is that he’s a speedster from LSU. Sound familiar? Do NOT want to go down that road again. Just sayin.

      • Julien Bélair

        I hear you but to me this is irrelevant

        • Gunnar Martin

          Haha yeah it just brings back bad memories…

  • serg21

    Beckam is only 5’11 at best he’s a slot receiver which we don’t need I’d take lee

    • Gunnar Martin

      …No he’s an outside receiver.

  • micah

    …..no.would rather get jordan matthews or odell beckham.

    • Spawnwarrior

      Any of them even Cooks

      • Julien Bélair

        Agreed

  • gpack17

    i really like allen robinson a lotttt more than lee.

    • Julien Bélair

      He is wayyyyyyy more raw after watching the combine drills I was not impress with his natural skills. He is a second day pick to me

      • Gunnar Martin

        He’d be a great pick in the second round though, if he happens to drop that far.

        • Julien Bélair

          totally

  • Sergio Quintero

    In his big season in 2012, I said to myself that is a great prospect too bad he’s so good no way will the chargers be in position to take him.

    I don’t care he didn’t run 4.35 if he did he would be a top 10 pick, if he’s there, he’s most likely the best player available. As it looks right now, Nix should be gone, the top 2 corners gone, and either Ealy or Ford could be gone as well if not both.

    So the odds say Cooks, Beckham, Benjamin and Lee, probably 2 or 3 of those guys should be there, and Lee has highest ceiling out of that group, plus is a damn excellent return man.

    For me the strategy says I’ll take Lee, and its pretty close between Beckham, Ealy, & Ford, as for corners I’ll wait to the 2nd round for the best one I can find there.

  • tbell11

    while i wrote an article on how Odell Beckham Jr. could be our 1st round pick, if Lee falls to us and Louis Nix and the top 2 CB’s are gone then jump on him asap.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I would honestly not even consider WR in the 1st, see if we can wait a round or two and pickup Matavis Bryant. 6″4 211lbs 4.42 40 yard, 16 reps of 225 (thats good for a thiner dude), 39″ Vert jump and 124″ broad jump. He is Danario Alexander 2.0 with more speed, could be our M80 replacement as well if he hangs them up. This dude is the WR I would love to have on the Bolts.

    • Sergio Quintero

      He’s a lot more athlete than player right now, basically a guy Al Davis would love.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Yaa disagree with you 100% on that one Serg, Boyd had Watkins to throw too all day but having Bryant as his #2 helped them rack up a ton of points. Watch his highlights and tell me who he looks like. Dudes a beast and watch him climb up the draft boards in the next couple weeks with all eyes on his counterpart he isn’t getting much love.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Hope he proves me wrong, the athletic talent is special, he just doesn’t sound like a TT pick, who chose productive and slow players like Allen & Teo.

    • Derek

      More like Stephen hill 2.0 look at his tape. All he knows is the go route everything else he needs loads of work. He’s kelvin Benjamin. Without the spectacular catches

      • Sergio Quintero

        Great comp, he’s a player you have to hide for a couple of year in the bench, not many teams have that luxury.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He definitely is a receiver I have been keeping my eyes on

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Bryant can stretch the field and also help us in the Redzone.
      Two things he can do right away.

  • Derek

    In case ppl didn’t see the Super Bowl DEFENSE WINS championships. Ask the giants or Seahawks

  • Mark Viguri

    Telesco will select the best talent on the board. After last years big 3 why would he change?

    • Julien Bélair

      Yep but who will he think will be the bpa. Last year no one saw fluker coming in at 11

      • arnie

        That’s something that will change as the draft goes…

  • Nick Mansoor

    If Gilbert, Dennard, Verret, Dee Ford, Van Noy, Pryor, Mack and Roby are all gone by 25 then… YES i would play it safe and draft Lee. why not?

  • Cgoodness13

    Yes, he would be a starter thus worth the pick

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    No. Wouldn’t take a WR in the first, whatsoever.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I mean… Just wondering if anyone noticed how absolutely awful this defense was? It’s like the season ended, and everyone just forgot that the defense was winning by the grace of God. The only offensive pick in the first that I will concede is the o-line.. mainly because the thought pattern last year was “if we don’t land a franchise LT this season, then we have a deep crop coming next year”. If we can land one of the top olinemen that I saw BLOWING THE DOORS off of the 40 in the combine, I’m all in, and that is practical. A wide receiver in the first? That would be downright negligent. Defense, or o-line please?!!!!! I can’t wait for free agency, so we can start to discuss the draft without it being ridiculous. These predictions are starting to wear on me a little.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Agreed! ESPECIALLY in a draft with so much depth at receiver. We need a first round talent added to the defense.

      • Julien Bélair

        I like that you respond to yourself :P. Ya me too I feel like predictions before FA is getting boring. With that being said I understand that we have to go defence with our early picks but the fact is we don’t have any receiver except Allen so we need one as badly as we need def players. Also the value might just not be there at 25 for a def player that fits our system. So I will be happy with a WR in the first and then go D in the 2-3

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Lol.. it helps me keep it all in one thread, rather than posting asecond comment. Consider it an amendment to my first comment.

          Best defensive player available, unless it’s an olineman. Get a WR, but not in the first. There is depth available, as Gunnar pointed out. I need to see that TT isn’t just good at picking offense. He needs to do what he did last season, but with defensive picks. And no trading away picks to move up to get questionable players, either. Not a fan.

          • Julien Bélair

            You would be happy with a Guard? ya I guess I would too like su’a-filo, yanked or zach martin

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Yes I would.. I like all of those guys. But, ONLY if we don’t like any defensive players there. We won’t pick again until 50. That’s a lot of “instant impact” defensive talent off the board before we pick again. Better make it count. It’s not like we are picking at 11 like last year, and can afford to wait until the next round… we would have to trade up.. which is simply unacceptable.

          • Julien Bélair

            I totally agree. Have you notice how no one is talking about Van Noy anymore ? why’s that

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Not sure. I am still watching the RB’s & WR’s.. had today off, so I am still suffering through 24 hours worth of combine footage. Takes forever! People change their minds for all kinds of reasons, ya know? Maybe they talked about him SO much, they got sick of him… maybe they read a piece somebody wrote about him, and changed their mind… maybe they fell in love with another player/position… tough to say. He might pop up again later, after FA & the draft approaches.

          • Julien Bélair

            You’re right it is a mix of a lot of things I guess. Still he is a good option at our second round pick

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            for some reason.. didn’t watch any of it.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I just had to look…

          • Sergio Quintero

            He seems to be seen as a 2nd round pick, he did have a much better 2012 than 2013.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Maybe I’ve already said this, but I get the feeling that we’re going to end up with Su’a-Filo somehow. Hopefully in the second round, but I don’t think he’ll be available that far down.

          • Julien Bélair

            No we have to take him ay 25 if we want him. It would be an great pick. picture this : Dunlap Rinehart(resign) hardwick su’a-filo Fluker.
            It would not be a good O-line… It would be a GREAT o-line. I like the sounds of that.

            But the only way it happens is if no D players and Wrs that TT loves are there

          • Gunnar Martin

            Right. I was just saying, you never know. Guys fall entire rounds down draft boards between the Combine and the draft, for various reasons. It’s possible, but unlikely. And I agree, that O-line would be pretty beastly :)

          • Julien Bélair

            Beastly indeed.

            Ya I know guys can fall but he is the top ranked guard I doubt he will fall. He may even raise

      • Nick Mansoor

        Amen I agree, free agency is closer than the draft. I hope we pick up an experienced already proven lineman in FA. If we don’t than I agree, no receivers the first, defense and o-line all the way.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        didn’t forget how bad the defense was… just know who is still coaching it

        • Sergio Quintero

          The boys at pro football focus sure thought they were a train wreck, I know they were bad but most of the season they had them behind Dallas, Atlanta & Jags, I know they were bad but not that bad.

          The yards per play is the stat was the one that wasatrocious, 11th in scoring defense though.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I have to ask Pete what defensive player do you like at 25 more than Marqise Lee, lets make it interesting by saying Dennard, Gilbert wont be there, and Nix wont either. As for pass rushers lets be obvious and say Clowney, Barr & Mack wont be available. We keep talking about BPA.

        I will not argue a bit the defense is the area that requires more of an investment in talent, but if those 6 players are off the board (players in the key positions of need). I can’t make the argument Ford & Ealy are much better players, the 3rd corner is multiple choice from every expert, and just because of your Safety pet peeve I sent in a question to Gehlken today:

        Comment From Sergio from Tijuana

        How happy are the chargers with their Safeties, do they like Gilchrist, Addae & Taylor enough not to take a Pryor or Clinton-Dix if they fall to pick 25?

        Michael Gehlken:

        I’d be shocked if the Chargers drafted either in that scenario.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          You know… I would prefer not to focus on any player this early, or say who I would pick. Who knows what the best defensive player on the board will be at that time, and I would be seriously shocked if Lee was there at 25 in the first place.. wouldn’t you? I don’t even think Evans will be there, and I like him more than Lee, personally. I am just pretty certain that a WR won’t be the best player at that point, for our team. And, even if WR is the BPA.. it won’t be by very much, most likely. I can’t see one being SO much better than the next best defensive pick, that we should wait until pick 50 to start addressing our dead-last defense.

          Also, that’s all fine and dandy that Gehlken would be shocked.. because I’m pretty sure he was shocked when TT picked Fluker. If the Chargers are THAT happy with Addae, and Gilchrist being their safeties.. that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pick one, if it is the BPA defensively. I mean… who determines BPA when it is pretty close anyway? It’s pretty much in the eye of the beholder (in this case TT). It’s OK if TT doesn’t pick what I like, or thinks that we should address a different area. He liked Te’O last season, and traded away a valuable pick to get him… I still don’t like the pick, or the move. However, he has my support, even if I would have gone a different route. He gets paid to do it, and has far more experience than I do. It’s his team.

      • Sergio Quintero

        An extra question in your honor:

        Comment From Sergio from Tijuana

        Where is the Nose Tackle solution coming from?? Do they have the money for a Paul Soliai or Linval Joseph?

        Michael Gehlken:

        I expect you’ll see a veteran nose tackle signed. The team likes its own, Cam Thomas, enough, but he’ll be allowed to test free agency. If he returns to the Chargers, it will be on a modest deal.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          That’s good news… I think. Lol…

  • Jerello

    Lee would be awesome! I’ve been a big fan of Lee, but he just needs to consistently stay healthy. He’s got warrior-like mentality though. I definitely would not mind a WR in the 1st! I’d love it!

    Although, I like Donte Moncrief and Brandon Coleman if we pass on WR in the 1st two rounds.

    These two players have the intangibles to be #1/2 guys and are flying under the radar. I’d love to compliment any one of them with KA.

    Moncrief is a shorter version of VJ, just look at the his Vert & Broad Jump! (http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/donte-moncrief?id=2543614).

    Coleman is literally a Malcolm Floyd replica, but 2 inches taller.

    After the combine, these two are my favorites!

    Bryant would beast if our coaching staff believe that they can coach him up well. Another would be Jordan Matthews. This is a stacked WR draft!

  • Daryl Peek

    Martavis Bryant ran faster than his widely acclaimed teammate Sammy Watkins. At 6’4″ I’d rather have him or wait to see what the Jets do with Stephen Hill as they might just waive him.

    Our first round pick should be defense.

  • serg21

    Idc who telesco drafts he’s 1-0 right now we all didn’t really like the dj Fluker pick he turned out to be a beast

  • serg21

    I say we trade up to get khalil mack if he goes past 10 I know it’s not likely

  • Zeus619

    I realize that the chargers need at WR isn’t as high up as other positions especially on defense, but if a player like Lee is available at 25 we should at least consider it. He had an excellent career with USC and should translate that well in pros. Since Allen and Inman are our only WR options with question marks on Royal and Floyd coming into 2014 and brown and ajirotutu headed to FA we need help at WR. So unless there is a top quality player on D like Nix, Ford, Gilbert, Jernigan, Dennard, or Mosley or OL like Martin or Lewan then I think Marqise Lee would be a good pick and add another weapon to our offense.

  • Raphael Rodriguez

    The chargers are picking 25th in the draft! Not in the top ten or 15, half of these players that you yentas are squawking about will most likely be gone because the league convents these players. I don’t care if lee ran a 4.5 fobecause he looks faster on tape. Pick the best available player or move up in the draft because by the time the chargers

  • Raphael Rodriguez

    The chargers are a team that needs upgrades at NT,WR,SS,OLB and some added depth for the O-line. I’m probably gonna get murdered for that last comment but the o line played pretty well this past season considering they were a rag tag group of guys that nobody( you know who u are) thought could play. I just hope the chargers brass is smart enough to keep the o line coach and not let this guy go. The o line situation reminds me of when they had that Hudson guy and he fixed the o line in 1 year. I’m a huge fan of nix and haves wanted that fat shit on the team since last year, will it happen……. Not unless the chargers MOVE UP

  • Bill Nichols

    I’m with Peter…….. Remember how cruddy our defense was last year?? NT, pass rusher, DB’s, please. Then we can worry about boosting our already great offense…… Bolts baby!!