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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marquess Wilson, WR

School: Washington State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tulare, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
215266-7
LATEST NEWS
04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 6-3, 194, 4.45 ... Teams are certainly going to want to do their homework on Wilson as his explosive accusations against Washington State head coach Mike Leach and his staff don't exactly demonstrate the kind of mental toughness scouts are hoping for in a highly drafted prospect. Make no mistake, however, Wilson is a legitimate talent and quietly enjoyed a very strong workout at the combine, alleviating any concerns about whether he was simply a by-product of an aggressive offense while with the Cougars. Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com, has learned has gone on multiple pre-draft visits, including with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Tennessee.

Five Other Wide Receivers to Consider ... 1. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-10, 196, 4.56* ... 2. Brice Butler, San Diego State, 6-3, 214, 4.39* ... 3. Greg Herd, Eastern Washington, 6-3, 202, 4.56* ... 4. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M, 5-11, 198, 4.50* ... 5. Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-7, 173, 4.53 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/07/2013 - The mantra faces its ultimate dilemma here, it seems. How does it go? Once a Coug, always a Coug? What about Marquess Wilson? Washington State's career record-holder for receiving yards is preparing for the NFL draft, and hoped to bolster what he felt was a successful showing at the NFL scouting combine by putting up similarly impressive numbers here, at Eastern Washington's pro day, on Wednesday.

EWU had no problem with the arrangement - former WSU quarterback and Wilson's close friend, Jeff Tuel, was going to throw in Cheney, too - but an NFL rule prohibits players from larger schools participating at pro days at smaller schools. And though the Cougars are holding their own pro day Thursday morning in Pullman - Tuel will participate - the school has seemingly made it clear that Wilson is no longer welcome around its football program. Wilson's camp tells it this way: He wants badly to run, lift, and catch passes at WSU's pro day. The school apparently feels otherwise. "WSU wouldn't let me do my pro day there," Wilson told The Spokesman-Review inside EWU's weight room on Wednesday, watching along with the rest of the gathered crowd as several Eagles prospects went through drills for a group of NFL scouts. "If they let me, I'd love to go watch. I'd love to participate in it." - Christian Caple, The Spokesman-Review

03/07/2013 - Wilson, who was clocked at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at last week's combine, said he met with all but about eight or 10 NFL teams in Indianapolis last week, and said he thinks the interview process went "really well." His agent, Cameron Foster, says that shouldn't be a surprise.

"With respect to character-building, Marquess has great character, so he hasn't had to rebuild anything," said Foster, who also represents Tuel and three EWU players. "People question about why he did what he did, but I think most of the questions are being answered in his interviews. "Marquess had really great interviews at the NFL combine, from what I've heard from NFL teams that I've spoken with. Marquess is a good, genuine kid, and teams see that." Foster said one team actually told Wilson he did "the honorable thing" by removing himself from a situation that made him feel uncomfortable.

As for whether his draft status will be affected by all the noise, it's hard to say. Wilson said he's been running and lifting by himself in Pullman recently after sharing a residence and working out with Tuel and EWU receivers Greg Herd and Brandon Kaufman in Florida. "I'd be guessing if I told you a draft round," Foster said. "But we're hoping that he's going to be in the upper rounds, and feedback I've gotten from NFL teams after his combine performances is that's where he should be landing." - Christian Caple, The Spokesman-Review

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Just like any interview you may have gone through, the players invited to the Combine are there to try to get a job. They have to impress their potential employers with intelligence and dedication. Each NFL team is allowed 60 formal player interviews. Each interview can last up to 15 minutes. The topics of conversation can fluctuate wildly from team to team and from player to player.

Another talented, but somewhat troubled receiver is Washington State's Marquess Wilson. He had some effort concerns entering this season, but he took those concerns to the next level this past November when he quit the team and wrote a letter accusing the coaching staff of abuse. Wilson later recanted and issued an apology, but the damage was already done in the minds of many NFL scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/11/2013 - Marquess Wilson, whose career at Washington State came to a controversial end, has elected to take aim at the NFL. Darren Bennett, Wilson's high school coach in Tulare, Calif., said Wednesday that Wilson told him he has signed with an agent and is training in Florida. Signing with an agent ends an athlete's college eligibility. Bennett said Fresno State was prepared to offer Wilson a scholarship. Bennett said he believes the 6-foot-3, 188-pound Wilson would have benefited from using a redshirt year next season (because of NCAA transfer rules) and his senior season to add weight and strength.

"I wish the best for him, and I want him to be successful," Bennett said by phone from Tulare. "I just worry ... (that turning pro now is) not the best decision." Wilson, who holds WSU's single-season and career receiving records, clashed with the new coaching staff and quit the Cougars with three games remaining in the 2012 season. He publicly claimed WSU coaches were guilty of "abuse" in dealing with players. He quickly recanted, and WSU and Pacific-12 Conference probes concluded that no abuse took place. Wilson has ignored repeated interview requests. - The Olympian

11/11/2012 - Washington State President Elson Floyd has called for a review of claims of abusive behavior by coach Mike Leach and his staff toward players by wide receiver Marquess Wilson. The decision by Floyd comes one day after Wilson quit the team. Wilson says he left the program because of the actions of Leach and his staff. Wilson says the new staff has ''preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us,'' and that included physical abuse. Floyd said in a statement Sunday morning that after consultation with Athletic Director Bill Moos, he asked the athletic department to report findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Floyd says reviews from both the Pac-12 and the athletic department ''should get to the bottom of the matter.'' Leach is in his first season as Washington State coach after spending two years out of coaching. He spent 10 seasons as Texas Tech coach before being fired in 2009 after claims of mistreatment from a player. After Washington State's 44-36 loss to UCLA on Saturday night, Leach declined to address Wilson's claims. ''I'm not going to talk about anyone that isn't here,'' he said. In a statement issued Saturday night, Moos said it was unfortunate that Wilson decided to quit. ''I believe I join many Cougars in wishing Marquess well in his future endeavors,'' Moos said. ''We have procedures in place that were developed to monitor student-athlete welfare in all of our sports programs. ''We will continue to follow those procedures and modify them if needed.'' Wilson, a junior, set school single-season records last year with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards receiving. This season, he leads the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards. - AP Sports

11/10/2012 - Star receiver Marquess Wilson says he has quit the Washington State football team, and blamed the coaching staff for what he called abuse of players. Wilson was suspended this week for an unspecified violation of team rules. He said in a press release Saturday that he has left the program because of the actions of first-year coach Mike Leach and his staff. Wilson said the new staff has ''preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us.'' Team spokesman Bill Stevens could not confirm that Wilson, the team's career receptions leader, has left. Stevens said Wilson remains suspended. Wilson, a junior, set school single-season records last year with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards receiving. This season, he leads the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards. - AP Sports

11/09/2012 - Bill Moos, Washington State athletic director, appeared on both KJR and 710 ESPN sports-talk shows Wednesday afternoon, and said he has talked with suspended receiver Marquess Wilson and seemed to leave the door open for a possible return by Wilson. He stipulated that the decision would be up to head football coach Mike Leach, as it should be. But he said he'd go to bat for Wilson if he wanted to return. I assume Wilson would have to do a lot of repairing, and that would mean a ton of physical punishment. Without knowing his specific reason for leaving the team in Sunday night's rigorous conditioning drill, I can't know whether he'd be inclined to endure that. Wilson is a third-year junior. The pat, easy solution would be, come back, make amends with Leach and the players and stick the season out before heading off to get ready for the NFL draft. Since the suspension carries only into next week -- so we know, at least -- that means the season would be over for him about 11 days later with the Apple Cup Nov. 23. I contend it's far from that simple. Wilson came to WSU at 17 years old, so he's a young junior. He's also a guy who has admitted he has trouble gaining weight. When I spent time with him last July in Pullman, I believe he said he weighed about 185. He's not a physical receiver. He sometimes has trouble getting releases off the line of scrimmage. That isn't going to change against some of the physical corners in the NFL. Nor is it going to be a positive that Wilson split on the Cougars, although he could help heal that vis a vis the NFL if he returns. - Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

11/06/2012 - Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended from the team for unspecified reasons, the Spokesman-Review reported Monday. A Washington State spokesman confirmed to the newspaper Monday that Wilson was indefinitely suspended by coach Mike Leach but gave no reason for the discipline. NBC Sports' College Football Talk reported that rumors have floated that Wilson walked out of a conditioning workout Sunday and speculated that he subsequently quit the team. Wilson leads the Cougars with 52 catches for 813 yards with five touchdowns. Washington State (2-7) has lost six straight games. It hosts No. 18 BCS-ranked UCLA (7-2) on Saturday night. - The Sports Xchange

11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 1. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State: Mike Leach taking over as head coach at Washington State in 2012, raised expectations for junior wide receiver Marquess Wilson to build on his record-breaking sophomore season in which he caught 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he didn't take advantage of Leach's explosive offense. Wilson earned a trip to the head coach's doghouse with poor effort and waning aggression during practices. While he is leading the team in catches (52) and receiving yards (813) this season, Wilson had been demoted to the second team two weeks ago and was placed on indefinite suspension November 5 after reportedly walking out during conditioning drills following Washington State's humbling 49-6 loss to Utah. The 6-3, 188-pound Wilson possesses rare body control and sticky hands. He is clearly the most talented NFL prospect on the Cougars' roster. Only a junior, Wilson potentially has time to recoup his stock with NFL scouts, but he must first mend fences with Leach. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/30/2012 - WR Marquess Wilson became the school's leader in receiving yards with 2,893, passing Brandon Gibson, who had 2,756 from 2006-09. Gibson now plays for the Rams. Wilson also caught his 23rd career TD pass. The school's leader in that category is Jason Hill with 32 from 2003-06.

09/24/2012 - WR Marquess Wilson continues to underperform based on the expectations of him as a potential All-American heading into the season. He dropped two passes and he has four drops in the last two games. He said afterward it was just a matter of focus. He has 18 receptions for 317 yards in four games after having 82 for 1,388 in 2011.

09/17/2012 - Week 3 Rewind: It took three games and a change at quarterback but Mike Leach's Air-Raid offense finally started to click for Washington State as the Cougars averaged 8.4 yards per pass attempt in a 35-27 victory at UNLV Friday night. Sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns stepping in for injured senior Jeff Tuel, who has been largely ineffective as the Cougars' starter the first two weeks. The best thing Halliday did was get the ball in the hands of WSU's best player, wide receiver Marquess Wilson. The 6-4, 185 pound junior had struggled in the Cougars' first two games, running lazy routes and clearly getting frustrated by his lack of involvement in the passing game (eight catches for 107 yards). Against the Rebels, however, Wilson doubled his previous season totals, catching five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard score. Wilson's spindly frame and occasional lapse in concentration are big enough concerns that he won't likely earn the first round pick that the game's television announcers suggested. Wilson, however, certainly presents an intriguing enough combination of size, leaping ability, strong hands and build-up speed to earn consideration on the second day of the draft (second, third rounds). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Washington State at UNLV, Sept. 14 -- The Cougars will be favored to improve to 2-1 in a Friday-night contest in Las Vegas. KEYS TO THE GAME: WSU has given up a few too many big plays on defense and not gotten enough on offense. Simply changing that equation will be a key against UNLV, and more so about setting a tone heading into Pac-12 play the following week. WSU has had solid special teams so far, leading the conference in kickoff coverage and ranking second in kickoff returns, among other stats, and need to continue that trend, as well, not allowing any easy points or yards to underdog Rebels. And as always in road games, a fast start is critical. WSU missed a good chance to take an early lead in the opener at BYU and then saw the game get away pretty quickly. WSU needs to convert early opportunities in this game to keep the Rebels doubting. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marquess Wilson -- The junior has had trouble getting comfortable in Leach's offense with just eight catches for 108 yards so far. But facing another weak defense could open up some opportunities for Wilson. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - Top 10 Most surprising stats of the early season: 3: Alabama is No. 113 in sacks allowed? Going into the season, the Tide had the nation's consensus top offensive line, and they sure looked the part in Week 1's demolition of Michigan. Last weekend, WKU got a surprising amount of heat on the 'Bama QB, notching six sacks. Now, that is something that Nick Saban has reason to get fired up about. Senior center Barrett Jones told reporters that it was because of missed assignments and poor technique. "Three or four of those were just that guys got beat," Saban explained to reporter. "A couple of them were pressures that we didn't pick up properly, so that's something we definitely need to get better on. "A couple of times, we probably held the ball -- the last one we held the ball, no one was really open. We just need to do a better job all the way around, in pass protection, in our ability to throw the ball with consistency, the balance and identity that we create on offense, in terms of what we do. I think it's real important." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/11/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State: Wilson, a CBSSports.com preseason All-American, had a relatively quiet game against FCS Eastern Washington. The senior receiver only caught four passes in the Cougars' 24-20 win. Coach Mike Leach's offense emphasizes spreading the ball around to more receivers, which can be frustrating for a talent like Wilson, who's body language has suggested he'd like to get more touches. You can see him next: Friday, at UNLV, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN). - John Breech, CBSSports.com

09/09/2012 - WR Marquess Wilson was used on the final play as an extra defensive back to help bat away a last attempt by Eastern Washington into the end zone.

09/06/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The offense was a huge disappointment against BYU, as the Cougars were held to two lone field goals in the debut of Mike Leach's Air Raid attack. Some of it was due to self-inflicted wounds, as one TD and another long completion were negated due to penalties. But the Cougars had trouble stretching the field against BYU, forced all too often to settle for short throws. And the running game was non-existent. WSU should be able to force its will a little better on EWU and create some semblance of a running game to help set up the pass. If not, it's hard to see when WSU will be able to do that against anyone on the schedule. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marquess Wilson -- The standout junior had a quiet night against BYU with just four catches for 61 yards (though he had one acrobatic apparent touchdown called back due to penalty) and also seemed frustrated on several occasions throwing his hands in the air or talking animatedly on the sidelines. Wilson needs a big game Saturday to get back on track. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - WR Marquess Wilson, regarded as a potential All-American heading into the opening game, had a rough outing with just 61 yards on four catches. He had a highlight-reel touchdown in the first half negated due to a questionable holding penalty, further adding to his frustration. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - WSU had not been held without a touchdown in a season opener since 1971. It was also the first time a Mike Leach-coached team had not scored a touchdown since 2006 when he was at Texas Tech, where he coached through 2009 before sitting out the last two years. STILL NEEDS WORK: Just about everything, especially with an offense that struggled in a surprising manner. The biggest issues were an offensive line that broke down too often, Jeff Tuel holding onto the ball too long, and the receivers simply struggling to get open against a tough and physical BYU secondary. Mike Leach may have to make sure his players are picking up the offense as well as he had said they were heading into the game. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - WR Marquess Wilson, regarded as a potential All-American heading into the game, had a rough outing with just 61 yards on four catches. He had a highlight-reel touchdown in the first half negated due to a questionable holding penalty, further adding to his frustration.

08/30/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Washington State at Brigham Young, Aug. 30 -- It's the beginning of the Mike Leach era at Washington State, and it comes in a tough venue against a tough foe, one with which Leach is rather familiar, himself having graduated from BYU. It's also the return of QB Jeff Tuel, who missed most of last season with injuries but showed star potential at the end of the 2010 season as a sophomore. He could be a perfect fit for Leach's offense. The better question may be if WSU's defense can stop anyone. KEYS TO THE GAME: There figures to be no shortage of excitement on the WSU sideline for the beginning of the season and the Leach era. The Cougars, though, will need to keep their composure in what can be an intimidating environment for the best of teams. The key on offense will be for the line to work together and give QB Jeff Tuel and his talented receivers enough time to get comfortable. Defensively, the Cougars have to make BYU QB Riley Nelson, known more for his grit and running than pure passing ability, work the ball down the field. WSU needs to keep BYU's ground game in check and make Nelson throw more than he wants. And it probably goes without saying that the Cougars can't afford special-teams mistakes, which were a constant bugaboo during the Paul Wulff era, such as the blocked punt against UW early in the last game of last season that swung that contest the way of the Huskies. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marquess Wilson -- The junior is getting lots of preseason All-America mention after catching 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. A big game against BYU -- the biggest stage WSU will be playing on during his career -- could set him legitimately on that track. - The Sports Xchange

07/30/2012 - Top-five Washington State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. WR Marquess Wilson...Wilson enters his junior season as the most highly regarded pro prospect from Washington State since cornerback Marcus Trufant was selected No. 11 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2003. Though not a classic burner, the lean and athletic Wilson is a natural pass-catcher with impressive body control and deceptive speed. As the featured target in Wullf's offense, Wilson's production has been spectacular. He wasted little time in proving to be a difference-maker for Washington State, breaking the school's freshman records for catches (55) and receiving yards (1,006) and tying the all-time mark in touchdown receptions (five) from a first-year player. Wilson's numbers not only stood out against former Cougars, his 55 catches led all NCAA freshman receivers in 2010. Despite a revolving door at quarterback last year, Wilson was fantastic in 2011, shattering school records with 82 grabs for 1,388 yards and ranking second in WSU history with 12 touchdown catches. Needless to say, there is a great deal of anticipation as to what Wilson could accomplish as the focal point in Leach's high-octane passing attack. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/30/2012 - Top-five Washington State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. WR Marquess Wilson...An All-American season or perhaps even a shot at the Biletnikof Award certainly seems possible, as does a potentially high draft pick whenever Wilson should elect to make himself eligible to the NFL. To reach any of these goals, however, Wilson needs to continue to get bigger and stronger (on tape he looks closer to 175), make his route-running a bit more precise and try to develop a bit more explosiveness. He's a naturally long-strider who is at his best running under Tuel's deep balls or using his long arms and body control to beat defenders in jump-ball situations. At this point, Wilson is ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 5 receiver potentially available in the 2013 draft and the No. 46 player, overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Marquess Wilson, Washington State, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Wilson, from Tulare, Calif., enters the 2012 season coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. In 2011 he set WSU single-season records with 82 receptions and 1,388 receiving yards and tied for second-most in a season with 12 touchdown receptions. Wilson led the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game at 115.7 and earned Yahoo! Sports All-America second team and Sports Illustrated All-America honorable mention honors. - Washington State football

07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Marquess Wilson, Washington State, WR, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 30. *Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State: There have been some lean years in the Palouse since Ryan Leaf helped lead the Cougars to the Rose Bowl in 1997, but in Wilson, Washington State has a legitimate NFL-caliber weapon. The 6-2, 188 pounder didn't generate the attention of fellow Pac-12 star receivers Woods and Allen in terms of national exposure, but his production (82 catches for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns) was every bit as impressive and Wilson -- and he didn't have the talent around him that USC or Cal offers. The addition of pass-happy head coach Mike Leach should make Wilson that much more productive as a junior. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 
LATEST NEWS
04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 6-3, 194, 4.45 ... Teams are certainly going to want to do their homework on Wilson as his explosive accusations against Washington State head coach Mike Leach and his staff don't exactly demonstrate the kind of mental toughness scouts are hoping for in a highly drafted prospect. Make no mistake, however, Wilson is a legitimate talent and quietly enjoyed a very strong workout at the combine, alleviating any concerns about whether he was simply a by-product of an aggressive offense while with the Cougars. Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com, has learned has gone on multiple pre-draft visits, including with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Tennessee.

Five Other Wide Receivers to Consider ... 1. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-10, 196, 4.56* ... 2. Brice Butler, San Diego State, 6-3, 214, 4.39* ... 3. Greg Herd, Eastern Washington, 6-3, 202, 4.56* ... 4. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M, 5-11, 198, 4.50* ... 5. Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-7, 173, 4.53 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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