Ravens draft primer: Marqise Lee

With 11 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Wide receiver

School: USC

Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 192

Round projection: First or second

File this away: Lee didn't run the 40-yard dash at his pro day, even though his time at the combine (4.52 seconds) was considered average and somewhat disappointing for him.

Good: Lee has good first-step acceleration that allows him to get separation downfield and shows elusiveness after the catch. He's a fluid route runner who has a good feel for where to attack zone coverage. Lee plays bigger than his size with the ability to elevate in tight coverage. He had the look of a No. 1 receiver earlier in his career.

Bad: Lee had worst drop percentage of nine top WR prospects in this draft class. Nagging knee and shoulder injuries last season prompted questions whether he's big enough to hold up in the NFL. He doesn't have the size to break tackles, and Lee isn't a burner like Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks.

Bottom line: The Ravens have showed interest in Lee, meeting with him at the NFL combine and bringing him in for a pre-draft visit. I don't see the Ravens taking a wide receiver at No. 17 unless Mike Evans shockingly slips. Lee has value at the bottom of the first round and early in the second. Lee's stock has been dropping this offseason after an average pro day and a weak 40 time at the combine. The Ravens, though, typically weigh game performance more than showings in workouts.

What Lee said: "I'm pretty familiar with (the West Coast offense). At the end of the day, I can honestly tell you it doesn't matter which offense I play in. I just want to get the chance to actually play."