Marqise Lee injury concerns caused him to fall out of the first round, according to report

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee had a surprising slide out of the first round on Thursday. Now we know why he tumbled.

On Friday, rumored Eagles wide receiver target Marqise Lee fell out of the first round, which surprised a lot of pundits and fans. However, Lee was passed on mostly due to the knee injury that hampered him throughout his junior year, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline. The left knee injury made Lee's production drop significantly from his sophomore to junior seasons.

Lee was widely considered a Top 5 receiver in the draft and still could be that sixth receiver taken, as just Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin were selected in the first round. Lee will likely go early on Day 2 but the knee injury clearly hurt him with teams. It is unclear the extent of his knee injury, but teams clearly didn't feel comfortable taking him too early due to its condition.

The Eagles may still have interest in Lee, as Chip Kelly is a well-publicized fan of the receiver. However, it may take a trade up to facilitate a marriage between Lee and the Eagles. The team did add a third round pick on Thursday with a trade back, so perhaps the team becomes aggressive and trades up in the second round to get their guy. Still, it's unclear whether Lee is that player.

The wide receiver depth of the class will likely be on display on Friday, as Lee, Penn State's Allen Robinson, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, Indiana's Cody Latimer, Mississippi's Donte Moncrief, Fresno State's Davante Adams and South Carolina's Bruce Ellington remain on the board. The Eagles will clearly have options at No. 54.

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