Marqise Lee Sliding Down Draft Boards?

By Ernie Padaon

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

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: