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Marqise Lee visits Detroit, says he’d be happy there, or anywhere

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Former USC receiver Marqise Lee visited Detroit this week and said he had a great time getting to know the Lions’ coaching staff, saying afterward that he’d be thrilled to go there — or anywhere else.

“Think I did pretty well, left a good impression, so hopefully, at the end of the day, I end up going there. If not, wherever I end up,” Lee said. “Honestly, to tell you the truth, I’m going to be happy wherever I go down. If it’s 10, it’s 10. If it’s 29, it’s 29. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as I get the opportunity to actually go out there and play.”

Lee had a brilliant sophomore season in 2012, catching 118 catches for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns and winning the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in college football. If not for the NFL’s rule requiring players to be three years out of high school before they can be drafted, he probably would have been a Top 10 pick in last year’s draft.

But he struggled in 2013 after suffering an early-season knee injury, catching 57 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns. As a result, his stock has dropped, and now he’d be seen as something of a reach if the Lions took him with their first-round pick, No. 10 overall. Lee says he’s now fully healthy, and teams should expect him to look more like he did in 2012 than in 2013.

“I’m 100 percent,” Lee said. “One of the issues I ran into, a lot of people didn’t think I was healthy, my knee issue. But before I even got started to train for the combine, I went to go see doctors, and they let me know I was going to be 100 percent and I would have no more problems with it.”

When healthy, Lee was a great player at USC. Maybe great enough that the Lions would consider him at No. 10.

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17 Responses to “Marqise Lee visits Detroit, says he’d be happy there, or anywhere”
  1. arrogantnation says: Apr 18, 2014 6:46 AM

    Qise will be a force in the league

  2. titansbro says: Apr 18, 2014 7:26 AM

    He won’t go that high though. Maybe the Panthers later in the first?

  3. wryly1 says: Apr 18, 2014 7:53 AM

    Not sure why he’d want to go to lions. With Megatron, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, plus the TE, he’s not gonna get the ball very often.

  4. myvickinabox says: Apr 18, 2014 8:22 AM

    It is refreshing to see someone appreciate their opportunity to play in the NFL instead of having a “chip on their shoulder” if they are not taken where they valued themselves. We just don’t see this very often.

  5. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Apr 18, 2014 9:14 AM

    What does it say about the WRs that came out this year when this guy is considered the 3rd-5th best player in the group. Last year he would of given Tavon Austin a real run for being the top wideout.

  6. atthemurph says: Apr 18, 2014 9:22 AM

    It means he had a better year in 2012 than 2013. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him got to the Packers at 21.

  7. calamnet says: Apr 18, 2014 9:28 AM

    Could we please stay away from receivers with knee problems? Thanks….

  8. winninaintsinnin says: Apr 18, 2014 9:32 AM

    Why would the Lions burn a top pick for another receiver, no matter how good?

    Trade down if you don’t think there’s value meeting your needs but seriously, do you want to win or not?

    Watch the successful teams over time.

    Defense and lines win.

  9. aurelh23 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:02 AM

    Only way the Lions draft him is if he drops to pick #45

    He won’t drop to pick 45. Lions ONLY wr target in the first round should be Watkins if they trade up or Evans if they stay at 10. END OF STORY

  10. grruffgrruff says: Apr 18, 2014 10:25 AM

    KC #23

  11. greymares says: Apr 18, 2014 11:01 AM

    Gonna be an Eagle, book it

  12. 2qswing says: Apr 18, 2014 11:10 AM

    Browns at 26

  13. michfan says: Apr 18, 2014 1:27 PM

    For once, it’s nice to read about a nice young man with a good attitude!

  14. fanofthegame1 says: Apr 18, 2014 1:57 PM

    Detroit picking a former USC WR at #10. Sounds like a great idea (sarcasm).

  15. granadafan says: Apr 18, 2014 3:30 PM

    U$C Wide Receivers and QBs = bust or are just very average.

  16. seadawgs72 says: Apr 18, 2014 3:55 PM

    Seriously??? 10th overall when you have Megatron & just signed Golden Tate? Is Matt Millen back in the front office?

  17. joec14 says: Apr 18, 2014 8:50 PM

    Doesn’t hurt to bring him on for a visit. Maybe they trade down in the 1st and take him later or if they go defense at 10 they could trade back into the 1st found and take him in the mid to late 20s.

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