Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Southern California Trojans center Marqise Lee (9) celebrates with tight end Randall Telfer (82) after a 40-yard reception against Fresno State Bulldogs in the fourth quarter of the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. USC defeated Fresno State 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
1-26.) Marqise Lee WR USC
From Indianapolis Colts for Trent Richardson (16 GP, 563 yards, 3.0 YPC, 3TDs, 2 Fumbles)
I thought hard about grabbing a RT here but decided that passing on Marqise Lee with the #26 pick just can’t be done. This guy can do it all. Last year had he came out, he’d been top 5 or top 10 but the Browns take advantage of a depressing chaos infused season at USC. The quarterback play was non-existent and the coaching got down right ugly. The team fell-apart at the seams and Lee battled an injury missing 3 games. But he is sooooo good! He can easily end up being a star #1 receiver for a team or an unbelievable star #2 to Josh Gordon. The season before last he grabbed 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns (4th in Heisman voting, behind winner Manziel also on my fictional Browns’ team) and his freshman year he grabbed 73 for 1,143 and 11 touchdowns! Those are insane numbers. He’s got all the skills to succeed on the next level and if it weren’t for a lackluster USC season we’d be talking about him again in the top 5-10 with Watkins. If Watkins is 1, Lee is 1A. Adding to Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate and Manziel will make this is a flat-out scary offense booming with young talent. I know we added Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson but I don’t see them being our #2 for a contending team. Lee will help take away double coverage or spies on Gordon and Cameron, stretching the field for the running game or underneath routes to open space for Hawkins or even Benjamin. I’ll have #1 Gordon, #2 Lee, #3 Hawkins, #4 Burleson and #5 Travis Benjamin/Cameron (because I’ll never have 5 WRs and a TE in a formation). It’s impossible to pass this up. With our QB for the future in hand I can go ahead and look to build the team and there is no better pick than here to help that new quarterback, help my offense and help my team succeed to more wins.