Wide Receiver #4
Senior 6’1″ 214
- caters to the Baylor offense with a steady high-paced play speed
- doesn’t have impressive quickness in the open field with the ball in his hands or when trying to gain separation in routes
- not an extensive route tree being in the Baylor system
- dealt with plenty of drops throughout his career
- too many times lets the ball come to him resulting in drops as he does not show great extension to pluck the ball or really catch with his hands
- some stiffness in his lower body and isn’t an explosive athlete on the field
- a nice thick frame that was attractive over the intermediate part of the field reeling in quick catches for chunk yardage
- wiling and effective run blocker – could be his ticket in the league
- nothing spectacular after the catch but has the size and some power to shake off would be tacklers
- Senior Bowl participant
Mostly when evaluating Baylor receivers it’s the same narrative: limited route tree but tremendous speed. Jay Lee’s case is different not being the slasher and burner like the other Baylor receivers are normally portrayed as. Serving as second fiddle to Antwan Goodley and Corey Coleman, Lee’s publicity was overshadowed. Lee possesses a different receiving style than the other former Baylor receivers being viewed as more of a possession receiver with his stout frame and size advantage that can be used in more ways than just being a vertical threat.
Playing in a high-powered offense, Lee plays at a fast game speed level but doesn’t show tremendous quickness in his routes to gain separation on any route outside of a go route. The Baylor offense does not contain a big route tree for its receivers and Lee fell victim to this, as his route combination is not diverse. Lee’s biggest obstacle to tackle going forward is learning how to develop consistency catching with his hands away from his body as now he tends to be more of a body catcher, which serves to his high-level drop rate.
His larger frame keeps you guessing about his physicality as the Big 12 defenses do not show any continuity of lining up in press coverage. More of an answer came when in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, as Lee was one of the top performers from an improvement standpoint showing more consistent hands and playing to his measureables being physical off the line (should have received a combine invite after this week).
Countering with the negative trait of dropping passes and having a limited route tree, Lee’s biggest attribute that could shoot him up draft boards is his ability and willingness to be an effective run blocker on the perimeter as his chiseled frame serves as an advantage in this department. Drops will be the main concern for Lee, but his willingness to do the dirty work when his number isn’t called is much appreciated by evaluators everywhere and I hope to note that that trait will not go unnoticed when he is discussed in draft rooms.
Round Value: Fifth Round
NFL Comparison: Hakeem Nicks
Nicks showed more ball skills and reliability as a pass catcher early in his career, but the physical frame and ability to be a continuous possession receiver is where these two draw the similarities.