Friday, April 11, 2014
Marqise Lee has attention of Eagles
By Andy Jasner
Todd McShay’s latest mock draft on ESPN.com has the Philadelphia Eagles drafting USC wide receiver Marqise Lee with the No. 22 overall pick.
It sure looks like a distinct possibility.
Lee visited the Eagles this week for a third time at different venues, according to a report on FoxSports.com.
Lee registered 248 receptions for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in a stellar three-year career at USC.
After releasing DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have met with a litany of wide receivers in advance of the NFL draft.
Lee put up huge numbers with the Trojans despite a coaching change and a shuffle at quarterback. Through it all, Lee continued to produce even if his numbers dipped as a junior.
Lee recently performed at USC’s pro day in front of a number of NFL coaches.
“The main thing I really tried to focus on was my position drills,” Lee told the L.A. Times. “Getting in and out of breaks, catching the ball no matter where it’s at — just showing them that I still got that in me.”
If the Eagles pick Lee, he would likely be third on the depth chart at wide receiver behind Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly coached against Lee while at the University of Oregon. It might help explain why Kelly has met with Lee three times as the draft inches closer.
“Lee may be the best receiver I've had the opportunity to coach against,” Kelly recently told reporters. “He's impressive on film, but even more impressive [in person].”