Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) is defended by Fresno State Bulldogs safety Derron Smith (13) in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. USC defeated Fresno State 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: NFL analyst believes Marqise Lee will rise ahead of Brandin Cooks

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In the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, there will possibly be some good wide receivers to choose from. Two of those prospects could possibly be the last two Biletnikoff Award winners in USC Trojans wideout Marqise Lee (2012) and the Oregon State Beavers’ Brandin Cooks (2013).

This season, Cooks actually broke Lee’s Pac-12 record for receptions, which he set during his phenomenal 2012 campaign. For Lee, battling some injuries, 2013 wasn’t maybe the season that he would have wanted, but that still hasn’t stopped a lot of NFL scouts and analysts from still coveting the talented Trojan nonetheless.

NFL analyst Bucky Brooks even went as far to say that, should Lee decide to come out within the next couple weeks, he will actually jump ahead of Cooks as far as being the top receiving prospect in the Draft:

“I believe that will switch by the time we get to the draft,” Brooks told the College Football 24/7 podcast.

Brooks went on to elaborate his point even further by just flat out calling Lee the best of the bunch:

“At the end of it, Marqise Lee will be the best receiver in the draft when it comes to playing because he is so explosive,” Brooks said. “He has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. We got a glimpse of how special he was in the Vegas Bowl when he was healthy. You saw the Marqise Lee that lit up everyone in 2012. I think he has the ability to be a difference-maker for any team in any role at the next level.”


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