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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Jay Lee, Wide Receiver, Baylor

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Corey Coleman is the Baylor wide receiver getting all the attention, but don't forget about his partner, Jay Lee

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Jay Lee

Height/weight: 6'1", 203 LBS

Arm Length: 32 7/8"

Vertical Jump: 33.5"

Broad Jump: 9'11"

3-cone Drill: 6.75 SEC

20-yard shuttle: 4.28 SEC

40-Yard Dash: 4.53 SEC

It's very possible that the Bengals select multiple receivers in this weekend's NFL draft. After losing Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones in the same offseason, this position is just too thin to not come out of this draft with multiple prospects who can contribute as rookies.

One guy to watch for as the second receiver drafted by Cincinnati is the second-best receiver that Baylor has to offer. Corey Coleman is the Bears receiver getting all the attention, but don't forget about his partner, Jay Lee.

One of the first confirmed players that Cincinnati met with this offseason was Lee. That's because the team met with him at the 2016 Senior Bowl, where Lee was a participant. Lee was the most productive wideout in the actual game, finishing with four catches for 49 yards after looking good during the practice sessions as well.

A two-year starter at Baylor, Lee finished his career with 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns on 101 grabs in 45 career games played, including 26 starts. This past season, Lee started in all 13 games and totaled 758 yards and eight scores on 38 catches while averaging 19.95 yards per catch, which was ranked 13th nationally and third in the Big 12. He was also named ESPN's Big 12 Unsung Hero of 2015.

In Cincinnati's offense, Lee would just need to a be the vertical threat he was in college to help add some spark to this offense. That said, Lee is fully capable of running different routes and making contested catches.

It must be pointed out that Lee's lack of bigger numbers during his senior season was because of an onslaught of injuries at quarterback. Baylor's last three games saw their quarterbacks throw for 62, 84 and 111 yards. Even before that, the Bears had a true freshman QB, Jarrett Stidham start in three games, so it would have been hard for any receiver to really stand out in that offense.

The Bengals have actually had a Baylor receiver and former teammate of Lee's on the offseason roster and practice squad for parts of the past two seasons in Tevin Reese. He can probably offer some insight on Lee and if he'd be a good fit in Cincinnati's locker room.

As for Lee's draft projections, has him projected as the 35th-best receiver and 282nd-overall prospect, so he might be someone targeted in Rounds 6-7 or as a priority free agent.'s Lance Zierlein gave a more favorable grade for Lee, ranking him as the 153rd-best prospect.

STRENGTHS: Has height/weight/speed combination that has NFL evaluators intrigued. Rare arm length (33 inches) for the position and uses it to his advantage. Has ability to reach throws that may fall just out of reach with some receivers and was able to adjust and snare an occasional low throw. Silky smooth in his movements with good footwork into and out of his breaks. Easy strider off the line of scrimmage and is able to chomp up cornerback cushion before they know what's happening. Hits second gear and presents an open vertical target. Has ability to gain yards in space after the catch and is physical in his finish. Relied upon to be blocker in screen game and has ability to control his block on perimeter.

WEAKNESSES: Ran limited number of routes in Baylor offense that looks to isolate defensive backs in space. Production might be skewed by scheme. Routes tend to be flat and rounded. Needs to prove he can win with separation underneath and with his in and out breaking routes. Inconsistent hands due to technique. Uses unorthodox hand placement and catches ball near his body leading to high drop rate. Wasn't forced to deal with press coverage much in wide-­open Big 12. Scouts question his confidence and whether he has swagger needed to reach his potential.


BOTTOM LINE: Angular, fifth-­year senior working with the height/­weight/­speed triangle that evaluators look for. Lee’s senior tape flashed NFL potential as an outside receiver and he has the vertical traits to match. His ability as a run blocker may push him up a few boards, but whispers about his lack of confidence combined with his penchant for dropping throws will have evaluators watching him closely at the Senior Bowl.

Lee may not be a complete receiver, but his speed and ability to take the top off a defense alone will get him drafted, likely somewhere around Round 5. Depending on when the Bengals want to take another receiver (assuming they take one much earlier), getting Lee in the latter rounds could be a solid move.