GARDENA, Calif. -- The thrill hasn't gotten old for Chuck Kimbell. When former USC wide receiver Marqise Lee walked across the Radio City Music Hall stage last month after being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the NFL draft, his high school position coach cracked a wide smile from across the country, knowing yet another of his pupils had accomplished a lifelong goal.
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The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned. The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. This new Arizona TE picked the Wildcats over some big-time suitors.
Leading up to a game against Oregon State in Novenber 2012, Stanford coach David Shaw was asked to compare the Beavers' receiving duo (Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks) with the one at USC (Marqise Lee and Robert Woods).
Despite coming off one of its strongest years in recent memory, the Pac-12 doesn't figure to have a strong showing in the first round of the NFL draft. Just three players - Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, USC receiver Marqise Lee and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr - figure to hear their names called Thursday, and it's not a guarantee that all three will be picked in the first round.
The NFL draft will begin on Thursday with a strong possibility that USC will add to its total of 77 first-round selections, more than any other school. Wide receiver Marqise Lee is widely projected to be picked in the opening round, although there are mixed opinions on where he could land, and there are even rumblings that center Marcus Martin could be a surprise first-day pick.
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