Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) is defended by Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marqise Lee Sliding Down Draft Boards?


Every time I look at the wide receiver class and how they are projected on the draft boards, I notice that Marqise Lee keeps on sliding down. It could be because his 40 time was a little slower than expected or because of the injuries that he battled through in college or because he had some drops in college. Doesn’t it sound a bit like Keenan Allen on a couple of those things? I still don’t think that Lee will slip to the 3rd round in the draft, but he is someone who we should keep our eyes on.

Currently on CBS Sports, he is ranked behind Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr and Brandin Cooks. Kelvin Benjamin might even be taken before him by a team that loves his size. Lee is taking a little dip.

Lee entered the season as the one of the top receivers in the country, but because of poor quarterback play and because of some injuries he has felt a little drop. He is one of the most talented receivers in this draft though and should have our attention with the first round selection.

His ability to make things happen after the catch is on another level. In the Chargers quick passing scheme, he would be able to pick big yards on the slants, hitches and crossing routes. He could tear up defenses once he gets the ball in his hands and he would pose a threat to the defense on the opposite side of Keenan Allen.

What if Lee is available with the 25th selection in the draft? Do the Chargers want to add to their offensive attack with the first round draft selection?

Lee is a receiver that could jump onto the field and contribute immediately. He could come onto the scene and have some high expectations in the Chargers offense because of his ability to get open and his ability to make things happen after the catch. He could be the best receiver in this class. With him sliding down a few spots, should the Chargers consider taking Lee in the first round despite the desperate need for help on defense?

Here are some highlights on Lee to show you his skills:

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  • Julien Bélair

    if he is there draft him !

    • https://www.facebook.com/Chargers2012Draft lilHurricane

      Na I’m straight on Lee with first round pick.

  • davacho

    i wouldn’t be angry about it

  • Stefanie Smith

    Hey just for the record, here is a quote from Bill B: “…cap concerns are for losers. Winners find a way to make the cap work, and they refrain from whining about it when their team struggles.”

    • Julien Bélair

      WTF?

      • Stefanie Smith

        Yeah. They were writing about the Skins signing Desean Jackson and got into the salary cap situation. The writer was pretty much saying that the fans get all worried about it and went on to quote Bill B. (he called the coach Wes Welker’s ex coach) as I noted. Many power teams don’t really give a rat’s behind about the salary cap. They do what it takes to remain competitive. I think the gist of the article is for fans not to get all hung up on the salary cap–thinking that is why players aren’t signed, etc.

  • serg21

    Wouldn’t be mad at all if the chargers picked him my top players for the first round are
    1 Jason Verret
    2 darqueeze dennard
    3 kyle van noy
    4 Louis nix
    5 marquees lee
    Lee and Allen and Malcom looks like he might wanna come back would be dangerous with gates green dammmmmm

    • Julien Bélair

      Lee before Van not and nix

      • esco charger

        Heck no I would take nix over Lee

        • serg21

          It’s opinion anyone has there opinion bro it’s okay u never know nix could be a hall of famer and lee just another usc bust

          • Julien Bélair

            haha maybe

          • powderBLUE801

            I wasn’t a fan of nix until I watched his pro day and I kinda like what he was doing.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Man that song gets me every time. What’s up with the whole Asian feel to it? lol

  • esco charger

    I think we need defense our offense is not the problem we had a top 5 offense last year u win games and championship by having a great defense when we need a stop our defense never comes thru just because we control the clock doesn’t mean the other team isn’t gona score. But if we can score control the clock and play great defense then we dont have to worry about close games so why go offense there is times offenses has bad days but defense can bail us out

    • Julien Bélair

      we can’t pass on a talent like Lee

      • esco charger

        If thats the case we cant pass on Dee ford arguably the best pass rusher in this draft which in my mind would make the team better not just receiver our offense is not the problem!!!!!! IT’S THE DEFENSE BRO WE DIDN’T GET A LAST OPPORTUNITY IN DENVER BECAUSE OUR DEFENSE CANT STOP A NOSE BLEED SO WHY TAKE LEE WE HAVE TO try and when the division how do we do that beat the Broncos we need to stop Payton manning how do we do that put pressure on him he makes mistakes when u do that so why take lee if we are a top 5 offense ??????? Wasted pick if we took LEE

        • Julien Bélair

          Well it is not because we had a top 5 O last year that we will have this year. We need weapons to stay there. Lee will help us keeping our O as one of the best in the NFL. If Allen gets hurt and we don’t draft a wr early….we are screwed.

          One defensive player won’t fix everything. Lee would definitely keep our O at the top so there’s that.

          I like Dee Ford but he is a one trick poney… I see better fit for us in the first

          • esco charger

            Ok so what happens when we play a good defensive team ??? Did u see the super bowl how did that work out for the offense ???? I want a top notch defense so that rivers doesn’t have to do everything u win by having great teams not just one side of the ball our defense is the problem and if Allen gets hurt we still have royal , brown, tutu, maybe floyd,and they will draft a WR in the 3rd or the 4th also a deep WR class plus LEE is Allen 2.0

          • Julien Bélair

            Well I don’t see any problem with keeping our offence as one of the top. I also see nothing wrong with an Allen 2.0.

            I know we need a good defence… I’m not stupid! But our defence is a work in progress. Our O is a finish product. Keeping it that way is not a bad idea that’s all

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          imagine if our offense could have moved the ball in the first 3 quarters against the broncos. remember how dead that was. the defense did force some turnovers in that game. the offense was pretty horrid

          • Diegoblue

            Our offense being ineffective had more to do with Wisenhunt scared to Pull the trigger and playing it conservative than the players playing terrible

          • Julien Bélair

            that is part of the answer

          • Sergio Quintero

            The offense will be better if they return to a more balanced scheme, and maybe just maybe remember there is such a thing called a play action pass.

          • esco charger

            Thats true but it also had to do with the donkeys defense they played well plus wisenhunt wanted to go to his team already and we couldn’t run the ball they knew we was going to throw the ball and the reason we couldn’t do nothing on offense is because of our defense the Broncos offense controlled the clock and scored at will our defense was horrible that game we need pressure on manning not a shoot out with him

          • Julien Bélair

            it does looks like he wanted to loose !!

          • Sergio Quintero

            I remember something Peyton Manning said when the Broncos faced the Patriots the first time, I’m paraphrasing but the gist was: “We ran the ball so much, that we lost all rhythm for throwing, when we had to throw the ball we couldn’t, QB’s are like shooter’s in basketball you have to give them shots to keep the focus”

    • Sergio Quintero

      I expect them to take defense, in particular a player that will help them at their 29th yards allowed & 31st pass rating allowed, be it a corner or a pass rusher.

      • esco charger

        Even D line can help the pass D ??? I just hope we get a steal or trade that pick for a first next year and a second do u think this would work it could be a possibility just say the Texans take clowney first overall right which could happen they still need their QB they give us there first next year and their second this year to jump in front of Cleveland for Carr or which ever QB is on the board not bad scenario right ???

        • Sergio Quintero

          Several questions:

          If anyone wants to get ahead of Cleveland, anything is possible, 1st and 2nd that is a steep price, lets hope, but probably will come cheaper, if multiple teams are knocking down the chargers phone, sure why not.

          In the particular case of Houston it has to be for Manziel or Bridgewater, can’t see that front office selling another Carr brother to that fanbase.

          Helping the pass D, the nose tackle helps indirectly by being better on running downs and having longer downs on 3rd down, but helping on pass downs is little to none, since NT’s basically don’t play on nickel packages for Pagano.

          You know I’m a big Ford fan if he’s there or the miracle that Barr is there, as big as a need that corner is, you take a pass rusher and don’t look back, I still think the chargers will take a corner ahead of Ford, hopefully I’m wrong.

  • veazy

    Funny how all the 5 star QBs recruited by usc suck.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      crazy how bad they all turn out in the nfl

  • Derek

    This draft is too deep with wr we can find a guy in the 2nd and 3rd with same ability. Because of tt’s eye for offensive talent I’d rather him go defense early and scout hard for offensive talent in the latter rounds

    • Julien Bélair

      hey Derek tell me your top 5 for the Chargers !

      • gpack17

        1. Evans
        2. Watkins
        3. Beckam Jr
        4. Benjamin
        5. Robinson

        • Julien Bélair

          Interesting no cooks…but I agree Evans before Watkins… bold but true

        • Stefanie Smith

          Everybody is talking about Evans at Von’s. lol. At the deli counter, a kid that is a Pats’ fan talks about Evans all the time and that if he didn’t go to the Pats, he should be with the Chargers.

          I told him not likely Evans is going to the Pats or the Chargers. He was sad.

      • Derek

        Top five 1st rd picks.
        1 Gilbert, denard,verrett
        If those 3 not available trade down for the following
        2 hageman
        3nix
        4 fuller
        5cj Mosley? Guess due to his combine the world forgot about him in favor of Barr and Mack but I still believe in game tape

        • Julien Bélair

          Hageman before Nix…hmmm can you elaborate why?

          • Derek

            Hagemans versatility and nix’s knee. I read about nix not being able to sit right due to knee issues in school plus hageman has a bigger frame to hold that weight. I just want us to interview hageman if he can’t win us over then go nix but I’m calling it now his knee is an issue that will snowball

          • Julien Bélair

            ya I’m afraid of his knee too…damn it…

            But I don’t thin Hageman can start at NT day 1

          • Derek

            That’s y we got lissemore. But I know he won’t last all season.

      • Derek

        Where’s urs?

        • Julien Bélair

          mine changes almost everyday but here it is :

          1. Gilbert
          2. Dennard
          3. Nix
          4. Benjamin
          5. Verrett

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i wouldnt say the same ability.. there are talented guys there.. just not the same ability

      • Derek

        I say ability because at this point the only thing that keeps him in the 1st is usc’s pedigree.

  • Nick Mansoor

    Heck yeah, why not!

  • navw21

    I really like Lee, but we need a WR that is a deep ball threat. Lee is in the same mold as KA13 which is a good possession receiver. We already have that. We need a guy with explosiveness. Give me a Jordan Matthews or Donte Moncrief with their 6′ frame and 4.4 speed. Who should be available in the second

    • Julien Bélair

      I agree but Lee is kinda though to pass

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i know we need that deep ball threat, but we just need a threat at the other receiver spot. Allen and Lee will be able to take big chunks down the field.

      • Julien Bélair

        yep I don’t see a problem with 2 allen on the field

  • tbell11

    I hope he’s already taken before we pick so the Chargers don’t have to make the hard decision to pass on him lol.

    • Julien Bélair

      My thought exactly ! I would have a very hard time passing on Lee but I hope he is not there !

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahahahha.. that is one way to think.. hahah

  • BlueBoltFan

    I never trust the pre-draft rumors, especially in the dead time a month or so before. So many people speculating, teams start to lie about who they like and who they don’t.

    That said, I wouldn’t be upset if Lee was the pick in round 1. By round 2 he’s a steal worth trading up for.

  • Keegan Tatum

    Peyton Manning struggles most when facing a good 3-4 defense with a strong defensive line (see the Chargers’ defense with Jamal Williams). A wide receiver won’t help SD’s most glaring need – a nose tackle. I’m on the Louis Nix III bandwagon.

  • ioane

    I wouldn’t hesitate much, I would take him in a heart beat.

  • Sergio Quintero

    He might be there, he seems to be mocked a lot to KC at 23, I wouldn’t be shocked that the WR that Telesco wants is Brandin Cooks, who is a clone of T.Y. Hilton, his production is insane 128 catches 1730 yards, and 4.31 in the 40, at 5’10 190 lbs, for reference T.Y. Hilton 5’9 183 lbs, 4.34 in the 40.

  • Cgoodness13

    Deep class, so we could get 3+ starters like last year so I’m for it

  • Lee

    too inconsistent, too injury prone. pass

  • RZ

    If he’s available in the 3rd round by the time we pick then Yes..but not a 1st or 2nd…We need Defensive help more.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    I’m going to buy into McCoy saying that Rivers and the O is going to get better. I read in the UT that Peyton’s O improved in the 2nd year of that “new” system. I’m optimistic Rivers and crew can make that improvement…barring injuries, the OLine is intact, along w adding the former Steelers TE/FB & Donald Brown, the run game will be better…
    I really want the D to benefit from the draft as much as possible.
    I’ll be happy so long as the 1st pick is someone who can immediately contribute…

  • chargersfanfromswitzerland

    Pull the trigger!!!! What about jordan matthews? Watched the highlights, really impressed by him too!

  • Edward Sherman

    another cali WR would be fine with me.

  • John Alton

    It makes me laugh how everybody claimed the defense was playoff ready last year and to offense was disaster. Now this year its flipped.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i know right… i remember that!

  • Erick

    This is stupid thier is no way he slides down to pick 25 the chiefs are getting him