A four-star high school receiver recruit, Lucas decided to stay in-state and play at Missouri, where his mother played college basketball in the late ?80s. After serving as a back-up true freshman, he was part-time starter as a sophomore and junior, producing quality numbers both seasons. Lucas moved to the slot as a senior in 2013 and started every game, finishing with a career-best 58 catches for 692 yards and three scores. He looks the part with the height/length combination to tower over defensive backs and come down with contested throws, but he doesn?t always play up to his size. Lucas lacks ideal speed, but he has decisive, long strides to each up grass in a hurry with good catch-and-go skills to immediately look downfield after the catch. He is still developing his natural receiving instincts, but there is always room in the NFL for 6-4 receivers with soft hands as long as he consistently uses his frame to his advantage, projecting as a No. 4/5 NFL receiver if he continues to improve.
STRENGTHS: Excellent frame and length. Good-sized target and uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball. Quick acceleration off the line of scrimmage and in/out of his breaks with long strides and coordinated footwork. Big, soft hands with long arms to extend and pluck. Makes smooth adjustments to catch the ball in stride and get downfield with natural momentum. Tough, balanced and not an easy ballcarrier to tackle. Good effort after the catch with his competitive nature. Mentally and physically tough with a good head on his shoulders. Hard worker on the field and in the classroom with good practice habits. Decent starting experience (23 career starts) and production, lining up both outside and inside and setting career-highs as a senior wide receiver in 2013.WEAKNESSES: Needs to spend more time in the weight room and consistently play up to his size. Lacks explosive traits and not very dynamic to create in space or make defenders miss with elusive moves. Lacks breakaway speed to separate, struggling to easily change gears. Still developing his receiving instincts and route running stills to better hide his intended path. Usually sure hands but will struggle with some easy ones and needs to look the ball into his hands before worrying about after the catch. Below average red zone production and only one career 100-yard receiving game.--Dane Brugler
08/26/2013 - OTHER MISSOURI PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: WR Marcus Lucas (6-4, 220, 4.58)...Lucas led the Tigers with 46 catches for 509 receiving yards in 2012 but was overtaken in the starting lineup by Green-Beckham as the Tigers' starting X-receiver as the year went on. Lucas has excellent size but has to build up to top speed. He enters his senior campaign with nine starts in 35 career games. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com