Photo of Marquel Lee
Grade
5.2 ?
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 240LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

One of the most aggressive players in the ACC over the past three seasons, Lee finally received all-conference recognition for his achievements in 2016. He was a second-team pick after finishing in the top 15 nationally with 20 tackles for loss among his team-leading 105 stops. Lee also set a career high with 7.5 sacks on the year. The two-time team captain contributed as a freshman (14 tackles) before getting into the starting line-up in 2014 (101 tackles, 12 for loss, four sacks). Lee led the team with 10 tackles for loss in 2015 (71 tackles, three sacks).

Analysis

Strengths

Good build with long arms. Shows some instincts in run game and reacts quickly to flow of the play. Races ahead of running back when he has play-side contain and spills it back inside. Team leader. Disciplined approach when plays flow to outside. Leads with his hands and has some pop in his punch. Tape was consistent and solid against Florida State. Scrapes downhill to secure backside when he recognizes his run fit. Adequate depth in his coverage drops.

Weaknesses

Has a tendency to run himself into traffic. Bites on misdirection and inside zone plays. Drifts too close to line of scrimmage and becomes easy pickings for climbing linemen sealing off a cutback lane. Lacks athletic ability to spin out of trouble or climb over top of blocks. Lateral scrapes lose ground due to lack of quickness. At times, rides blocks rather than shucking and looking for work. Slow in change-of-direction transitions. Play speed is below average as are his man-cover skills.

Sources Tell Us

"I like his size but I question his speed and instincts. He's also not as aggressive as he needs to be. He's not fast so he better make up for it with field toughness." -- Eastern area scout for NFC team

Bottom Line

Could play middle linebacker, but might lack the athletic traits to function in coverage or on the chase as an outside linebacker in a 4-3. Has good size and could benefit from NFL coaching, but the further he gets away from the line of scrimmage, the tougher the position becomes for him. Backup potential if he can prove himself on special teams.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.