California Trojans ~ 5116/195
They tend to be smaller than the Split End though usually larger than the SlotBack, if there is one.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Flanker is whoever lines up as the Flanker...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Flankers by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, the Split Ends & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a FlankerBack in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Outstanding. Tremendous Timing & Instincts, awesome Leaping, lengthy WingSpan, & great Hands.
Navigation ~ Magnificent. Terrifying Acceleration. Phenomenal Fluidity. Awesome Field Vision. And Vicious.
Blocking ~ Tremendous. Exceptional Core Power & Fluidity. Great Mechanics & Paw Power. Ferocious.
Even so, his Stock has only slid into the middle and back end of the 1st Round, and for damned good reason.
Marquise Lee brings an absolutely sensational collection of Skills to the Game.
He's diabolically slippery yet terrifyingly explosive off the Line.
He's smooth as sweet silk in running his Routes and preposterously explosive out'f'is Cuts.
He's advanced in Combat Tactics both in getting off The Line and in positioning himself for Receptions.
He's blessed with exceptional Timing & Field Vision, a long WingSpan, and phenomenal Leaping Power on Passes.
And he is, above all, an utterly magnficent Open Field Runner, blessed with phenomenal Fluidity, spectacular Ricochet out'f'is Cuts, and absolutely sensational Field Vision...And he's not afraid to get'is Beast on!!
He's a damned good Blocker, too.
Yes, his Production has dropped off precipitously, this Year, because of Injury, and because of an enormous step back at QuarterBack. And his Routing certainly needs to continue to evolve.
But the Fundamentals of Marqis Lee's Potential remain spectacular, and I see no need to downgrade at all.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
Consensus Market Value