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Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee should be a strong consideration for the Lions with the 10th overall pick.
The top priority has to be upgrading the receiving talent around Calvin Johnson. In the two games when Johnson was out, the remaining receivers proved beyond any doubt they are not capable of carrying the day.
Adding a premium talent opposite Johnson has proven tricky. With so many recent draft failures at the wideout position, it's easy to understand the apprehension. The names are just too painful to list.
Unfortunately, all those misses have left a void that must be filled. Be they injuries, arrests or just plain lack of talent, the reasons for the failures of others must not be projected onto the future.
That future is Marqise Lee.
He lost some luster this fall, playing on a troubled team and fighting through a nagging knee injury. It's easy to forget the immense promise he brought into 2013. Here's a refresher, courtesy of Mike O'Connor at New York Jets Draft:
Lee is bursting with talent and potential, but he certainly has aspects of his game to work on and could use overall refinement in what will likely be his last year at USC. His game thrives on his athleticism and explosiveness with the ball, and his already near-perfect route running ability. All of these praises are well deserved. Lee is a rocket waiting for launch with his unbelievable acceleration, and can break a play open at any moment with his knack for making the catch and immediately focusing on finding seams in defenses.
Lee demonstrated those qualities in USC's Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl game against Fresno State, as chronicled by Bleacher Report's Brian Mazique.
Teams passed on Keenan Allen in the 2013 draft because of concern over a similar season at Cal. All he did was immediately become the top rookie wideout, helping to revitalize Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the process.
Clemson's Sammy Watkins would make a perfectly acceptable alternative, though he might not last to the 10th pick. Keep an eye on Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin too.