USC WR Marqise Lee Will Wait Until After Trojans' Bowl Game to Decide on NFL

Jeff Bell@@JrayBellCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2013

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USC wide receiver Marqise Lee has decided to wait until after the Trojans' bowl game to make his decision about entering the NFL draft, according to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register:

Lee, a junior, is eligible to go pro after playing three seasons of college football, and the talented 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner is seen as a first-rounder by many draft analysts.

Lee burst onto the college football scene as a freshman, when he caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns. He followed that effort up with 118 catches for 1,721 yards and 14 scores in his award-winning sophomore year. But without wideout Robert Woods, who turned pro after 2012, Lee has seen a dramatic drop in performance in 2013, with just 50 catches for 673 yards and two scores.

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) is defended by Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Part of that can be attributed to injuries, which have plagued him throughout the entire season. Still, Lee has that rare ability to go up and snatch a jump ball, a la Calvin Johnson, while also possessing world-class speed and elusiveness in the open field.

Listed at 6'0" and 195 pounds, Lee is one of those players that can be utilized a number of different ways in any offense.

Since his spectacular freshman year, the question about whether he would leave early for the NFL was inevitable. But according to Hammond, the decision may not be a slam dunk:

If Lee does decide to stay, he'll return alongside fellow wideout Nelson Agholor, who has 824 yards receiving in 2013. That would give the Trojans one of the top one-two punches in the country for quarterback Cody Kessler to throw to.

USC finished the 2013 regular season 9-4 after dropping its final game against rival UCLA, 35-14.