Ah yes, the 2014 NFL draft is only a few months away as all 32 teams once again believe they have a legitimate shot at drafting that next “it” player. One of those teams is our beloved Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were bounced in a historic way by losing to the Indianapolis Colts 45-44. They blew a 28 point lead and lost many players to injury. Going into the off season, the common theme has been that they need to upgrade the skill positions in order to compete every Sunday. Dwayne Bowe is the de facto number one wide receiver while Donnie Avery is the number two receiver. Avery is built more for the slot receiver position which technically leaves a hole at the other starting wide receiver position. The Chiefs should go into this draft looking for a starting wide receiver and I believe Marqise Lee out of USC can fill that void. The Chiefs have the 23rd overall pick.
Marqise Lee: Wide Receiver. USC. 6 foot 1, 198 pounds.
Lee possesses a wide range of abilities to get open but one skill he does have that can’t be taught is his ability to play bigger than his size. While not possessing a large frame, Lee plays big and can get up and go get the ball. He’s got great body control and he runs routes and catches the ball with great smoothness. He has terrific speed and can beat corners and safeties on a regular basis, which would compliment the already two very fast players the Chiefs have in Jamaal Charles and Donnie Avery. Watching a lot of Notre Dame Football over my life, I get to see USC at least once a year. Watching Lee makes you believe he’ll make a natural transition to the NFL and most likely start right away for any team that selects him. The only negative about Lee that I would be concerned with for any team drafting him is his injury history. But when he is healthy, he can be a home run threat and the type of game changer the Chiefs need at that position. On NFl.com, Jim Mora says “I’m not talking about the personality, I’m talking about the ability, Mora said during the Pac-12 teleconference. Marqise is a little bit bigger than Marvin, but smooth, athletic, fluid guys that have very sure hands, run excellent routes, can get in and out of their breaks.”
If the Chiefs could land Lee, it would be a home run for them in the first round and then they can turn to defense in the later rounds.