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Old 03-18-2014, 09:48 PM   #16
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Derek Wolfe

With the #15 overall pick in the Orangemane 2014 Mock Draft the 49ers, who traded #30, 77, and 7th-30 for Pitts #15 pick, are proud to select:

Marqise Lee WR USC

STRENGTHS: Explosive straight-line speed that makes pressing him risky for even talented cornerbacks. Remarkably fluid athlete, capable of changing directions quickly and shows developing savvy as a route-runner, often using a hesitation move and shoulder-dip to get defenders off-balance.
His vision, elusiveness and acceleration make him a terror after the catch, whether as a receiver or returner. Plucks the ball easily and can track over either shoulder. Plays bigger than his size, showing the ability to go up and high-point passes amidst tight coverage and is an attentive, physical downfield blocker.

WEAKNESSES: Possesses a relatively slight frame and struggled with injuries in 2013, raising legitimate questions about his ability to remain healthy against NFL competition. Relies on his natural athleticism to work himself free, at times, rather than exploding out of his routes at the proper depths, showing a willingness to freelance that has led to interceptions for the Trojans.

COMPARES TO: Victor Cruz, New York Giants - Like the 6-0, 204-pound Cruz, Lee lacks the frame to wow scouts but his agility, acceleration and soft hands make him a natural playmaker. It is unknown whether Lee can salsa, but he's a breathtaking talent who should have plenty of opportunities to develop touchdown dances of his own in the NFL.

Lee looks like a serious candidate to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and could go high in the first round. If the he has a disappointing junior year like Woods did, Lee could slide lower in the first round or fall to the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Unfortunately for Lee, his draft stock could be heavily impacted by USC's quarterback play. He also needs to stay healthy. A nagging ankle injury really hurt Woods' production in 2012 and his stock for the 2013 NFL Draft.

If the Trojans' quarterbacks play well and Lee stays healthy, he could produce another massive season and be a high first-round pick.


Pick was made at 10:48 pm Central Time Zone. Dallas and Nixstixx are now on the clock!
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