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Jay Lee lacking polish to be fantasy contributor

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Baylor wide receiver Jay Lee.

Three is a magic number. Yes it is. Sometimes. Unless you're the third receiver in an offense. Even an offense as prolific as Baylor's. One such dilemma has leads us to the doorstep of Jay Lee. After spending 2015 in the shadow of Corey Coleman and K.D. Cannon, Lee hopes to find his own beacon in the NFL. First he'll need to stand up to the glare of our prospect spotlight.


» Checks height/weight boxes
» Uses long arms to get to tough throws

Lee has the type of build that NFL scouts covet. At 6-foot-3 and 220, he has a bigger frame than either Coleman or Cannon. It certainly helps that Lee also has a pretty healthy arm length at nearly 33 inches. He frequently used it to his advantage going up to snare throws that might otherwise have been out of reach of other receivers.

As part of one of college football's most uptempo passing attacks, Lee saw his numbers improve each season culminating in 758 yards and eight touchdowns. While it wasn't enough for Lee to earn an invite to the combine, he did earn rave reviews at the Senior Bowl. That week in Mobile has done quite a bit to boost his standing from what was otherwise fairly lackluster game tape.


» Average hands
» Questions about knowledge of route tree
» Average top end speed

The working title for Jay Lee's 2015 game film could be "101 Way to Run a Curl Route." In reality, it's a complaint that could be leveled at many of the Baylor receivers. Art Briles' offense attempts to matchup his receivers in space. For that reason, Lee ended up running a lot of short and intermediate routes. But it does leave you wondering how adept he is at other parts of the route tree.

Playing in the wide open Big 12, where passing offenses flourished, Lee rarely saw a lot of press coverage and didn't often need to use his speed to get open. However, there weren't many situations in which he flashed past defenders to get open downfield. Most of his big plays came against busted coverages.

Ideal fantasy fits

Lee isn't anyone's idea of a starter in the NFL and is likely going to need a lot of polish before he's ready to contribute with any kind of consistency. Thus, it makes sense for him to go to a team that is merely looking to add depth to its receiving corps. The upside for Lee is that this could mean he lands with a squad boasting a pretty good offense. Working with Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers or Ben Roethlisberger can be nothing but a positive.

Regardless, Lee is going to have to work in order to find himself on the field with any regularity. But at least he won't be thrust into a position where he'll be depended upon to bolster a team's passing game.

Early fantasy draft projection

Scouts have seen upside with Lee, but it may take some time before it's realized -- if ever. For now, there's no reason why he should be considered in any redrafts and his value in dynasty rookie drafts is dubious, at best.

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Marcas Grant is a fantasy editor for Follow him on Twitter @MarcasG.

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