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Cover 2: Southern Cal WR Marqise Lee & Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

Posted May 2, 2014

Cover 2 is a daily look at players on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects in the 25 days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.


The following players who entered the 2014 NFL Draft were ranked in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 (as of April 1). Click below for a write-up of each duo:

RB Carlos Hyde/RB Bishop Sankey | LB Khalil Mack/TE Eric Ebron | LB Anthony Barr/TE Jace Amaro |
LB C.J. Mosley/TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | LB Ryan Shazier/LB Chris Borland |
OT Greg Robinson/DE Jadeveon Clowney | OT Jake Matthews/DT Aaron Donald |
OT Taylor Lewan/DT Timmy Jernigan | OT Zack Martin/DT Louis Nix III |
OT Morgan Moses/DT Ra’Shede Hageman | OT Cyrus Kouandjio/DE Kony Ealy |
G Xavier Su’a-Filo/DE Dee Ford | G Brandon Thomas/DE Stephon Tuitt |
QB Teddy Bridgewater/DE Demarcus Lawrence | QB Johnny Manziel/DT Dominique Easley |
QB Blake Bortles/QB Derek Carr | WR Sammy Watkins/CB Justin Gilbert |
WR Mike Evans/FS Calvin Pryor | WR Odell Beckham Jr./FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
WR Marqise Lee/CB Darqueze Dennard | WR Kelvin Benjamin/CB Bradley Roby |
WR Brandin Cooks/CB Kyle Fuller | WR Jarvis Landry/CB Jason Verrett |
WR Davante Adams/SS Jimmie Ward | WR Paul Richardson/CB Lamarcus Joyner

Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal, Junior

College stats: Lee was named honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2013 after recording 57 receptions for 791 yards with four touchdowns. He was named first-team All-America, first-team All-Pac 12 and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 when he had 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 TDs and added 30 kickoff returns for 856 yards and a touchdown. Lee ranked second in the nation in receptions per game and receiving yards per game in 2012 and won the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver). Lee had 73 receptions for 1,143 yards and 11 TDs as a freshman in 2011 when he was named second-team All-Pac 12.

Combine measurements: Height: 6 feet; Weight: 192 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds; Vertical jump: 38 inches; Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches (tied for third among WRs); 20-yard shuttle: 4.01 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 23rd out of the top 50 prospects


Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State, Senior

College stats: Dennard became the first Spartans player to be unanimously selected first-team All-America and win the Jim Thorpe Award in 2013. He was also first-team All-Big Ten after recording 62 tackles (33 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and a career-best four interceptions in his senior season. He was second-team All-Big Ten in 2012 with 52 tackles (34 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. Dennard was first-team All-Big Ten in 2011 after posting 42 tackles (30 solo), one tackle for loss, and three interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown. He played in six games and started two as a freshman in 2010.

Combine measurements: Height: 5 feet, 11 inches; Weight: 199 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds; Bench press: 15 reps

Jeremiah’s ranking: 20th out of the top 50 prospects

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