The San Francisco 49ers hold the 30th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There are many directions that they can go with this selection. We have taken a look at various players that can be considered day one 49ers draft prospects. The next one up is USC wide receiver Marqise Lee.
Lee is the true definition of a playmaker. He does not have the scary speed of some of the other receivers in this draft but he does possess elite quickness. Lee is sudden in his routes and his breaks which makes him a difficult matchup for opposing defensive backs. His ability to understand how to create space in his routes and his playing in an NFL style offense makes him ready to be an immediate contributor.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what offense I play in, as long as I can play. Any team that drafts me will get a guy that will go out there and get it. I will give 120% and go out there to make plays. At times, I didn’t look the ball all of the way in and looked to run before catching the ball. My main focus is to go in and do what ever I have to do to make my coach proud. I will compete 24/7 no matter what. I will always bring a positive mindset to the game. Always look to get better, no questions, just get the job done.”
When his team needed a play, Lee stepped up for them time and time again. This is so even during his injury plagued season last year. He brings elite yards after the catch ability due to his elusiveness and acceleration. Lee’s ability to change direction so quickly without losing speed shows on film when you watch him run after he catches the ball. He’s a natural catch and run kind of player that would be at his best in a west coast offense.
How will he help the 49ers? Lee would help the 49ers because he would give them another receiver that can turn short throws into long gains. His ability to get open on slants would also be of great help when it comes to moving the chains. Lee shows the traits to be a number one receiver which would be valuable if Michael Crabtree leaves via free agency and Anquan Boldin hangs it up in a year or two. Lee can also bring value as a punt and kick returner.
NFL Comparison: Greg Jennings. Like Jennings, Lee doesn’t have any physical characteristics that absolutely wow anyone. Both are swift players that can sort through traffic and create plays with the ball in their hands. Jennings is one of the better route runners in the NFL and that is also a strength of Lee’s. They understand how to set up defensive backs and are very good at tracking the deep ball.
6-0 192 pounds
31 3/4 inch arms
9 1/2 inch hands
4.52 40 yd dash
4.01 20 yd shuttle
38.0 inch vertical
10.6 broad jump
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