Rookie Spotlight: Jay Lee, WR Detroit Lions
Height: 6’ 1 3/4”
Weight: 215 lbs
Hands: 9 5/8 ’’
Arm: 32 7/8’’
40 yard dash: 4.53 (pro day)
NFL Comparison: Terrance Williams
Scouting Notes: Lee lived in the shadow of teammate Corey Coleman during his time at Baylor where he put up serviceable numbers as a two-year starter — and a more than serviceable 19.95 YPC his senior year. A big-bodied WR with decent speed on paper, Lee has the massive wingspan that teams covet. That being considered, he makes too many body catches. He also drops the ball more often than someone with almost 10” hands should. It should also be remembered that the 4.53 number we’re using to gauge Lee’s 40-time came from Baylor’s hand-timed fast-track at pro day that has been known to clock in with times as low as 2/10 of a second faster than those in Indy. (Example A: Kendall Wright) What we saw during the week of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile was a player closer to a 4.6 or even 4.7-type with inconsistent flashes of playmaking ability. Though he ran a limited route tree in college, Lee is smooth enough in and out of his breaks and is capable of making the big play with his imposing size and expansive catch radius. He’s also a strong blocker — something that should help him get on the field at the next level. Outside of this 40, Lee had an underwhelming pro day for such a potentially ideal physical specimen ( 9’11’’ broad, 33.5’’ vertical), especially after he had the best stats (4 for 49 yards) during the actual Senior Bowl game this year. His oft-inconsistent hands from college didn’t appear to be as problematic as expected in the game or during the week of practices.
Fantasy Outlook: Lee has all the physical tools to be a productive fantasy contributor, but he may lack the confidence and/or drive drive to carve out a niche in the NFL — especially since he’s buried in the Detroit depth-chart right now. In another sense, he’s got a good a shot as almost any of the Detroit WRs, as they are a middling bunch to say the least behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. A deep dynasty flier at best, we’ll have to wait and see if Lee can put his skills to use.