The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to host wide receiver Marqise Lee at the NovaCare Complex this week. This isn’t the first time the Eagles have checked out Lee either. They have reportedly met with him several times at various locations during the pre-draft process.
The heavy interest makes sense. The Eagles are looking to replace Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and what better way to do that than with the ultra productive Lee? Another thing Lee has going for him is that he lit up Chip Kelly‘s Oregon Duck teams in college. Coach Kelly seems to have an affinity for players who were productive against him in the college ranks.
Lee wasn’t just productive against the Ducks, though. He lit it up pretty much every opponent he faced in the Pac-12, using his elite run after catch skills and change of direction to be a nightmare for defensive coordinators.
I believe Lee would be a perfect fit in this offense. Kelly likes to utilize a lot of short, quick passes to get guys out in space. Lee certainly thrives in that type of role as Kelly has witnessed firsthand.
While during the pre-draft process you never know what’s a smokescreen and what’s legitimate, I think this is real interest. I don’t believe the Eagles would have wasted their time meeting with the kid multiple times at various locations unless they coveted his skills.
Lee is recognized as the third best receiver in this draft after Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. If he is there at No. 22 overall and is the best player available, you have to believe the Eagles will be running their draft card to the podium.