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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pat Lee: Late blooming CB rising fast -big & fast plus great senior season and Senior Bowl

AU's Sims and Lee figure to follow Groves in draft- "Muschamp coached a big cornerback at Auburn - Patrick Lee - another late bloomer who, along with defensive end Quentin Groves, figures to be picked in the first two rounds Saturday.
'He had what you're looking for,' said Muschamp, who didn't know much about Lee upon coming to Auburn from the Miami Dolphins in 2006. 'He hadn't played a lot and didn't have a lot of confidence. As he played and his confidence grew, he got better and better.'
Lee, 6 feet and 200 pounds from Miami, had his best season as a senior in 2007, starting every game and intercepting four passes. NFL scouts began to take notice, and after an effective week at the Senior Bowl, his draft stock was on the rise.
Lee said he'll be happy wherever he's picked.
'We face the best receivers in the SEC,' Lee said. 'Corners that are listed ahead of me don't go against these top guys. I feel like I am underrated. It doesn't matter to me where I go. I just want to play, to go in and do my job.'
Groves is virtually certain to be the first Auburn player picked, but Muschamp said Lee has attributes that NFL teams covet.
'They really like his versatility,' Muschamp said. 'He can match up with a wide receiver and he can play in Cover 2. He has some length and some size and he has speed. The thing is, corners are just hard to find, especially corners with size.'

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