Marqise Lee is easily one of the top five most talented wide receiver prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he was neck-and-neck with Sammy Watkins going into the 2013 season before Watkins exploded and Lee faltered due to injuries and inconsistent quarterback play. Yesterday, Watkins was unsurprisingly the first receiver off the board, as the Buffalo Bills traded up with the Cleveland Browns for the fourth pick in order to select the Clemson Tiger stud receiver. Lee, on the other hand, fell outside of the first round entirely due to a knee injury after once being expected to be a top-21 pick.
Lee won’t last long in the second round today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one of the first five players off the board in the next round. The Browns look like a perfect match for Lee, because they need another receiver next to Josh Gordon, and Lee is the kind of dynamic talent who would help first-round pick Johnny Manziel even more. While the Browns will cringe at the fact that Lee is another drop-prone receiver, Gordon has shown us all that drops can be overcome with top talent; Lee clearly has that kind of talent (Greg Little on the other hand cannot run routes nearly as well as those two).
The NFL Network’s Albert Breer tweeted a prediction of the top picks in the second round of the draft, and he has the Browns selecting the USC Trojans product. At this point, I would be surprised if this doesn’t end up happening, unless if the Browns decide that they like a different WR even more. They already added a top QB and a top CB, so WR is next on the wishlist.