Just one day into rookie minicamp, Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee already has to be feeling some pressure that most fifth round selections aren’t accustom to.
Lee is expected to work at the middle linebacker position for a defense that ranked No. 26 overall in the NFL last year. Though Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did not sign anyone via free agency before selecting Lee, coach Jack Del Rio has already been on record that the team is still looking for linebackers.
Interestingly, Lee will also be wearing the same number that Raiders coach Jack Del Rio sported during his NFL playing days, and did admit to the pressure he will face during camp.
Marquel Lee wasn’t aware he was wearing Del Rio’s old number 55: “A lot of pressure I guess.” pic.twitter.com/J7zw70BSB0
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) May 5, 2017
McKenzie hasn’t been shy regarding his position on the former Wake Forest linebacker, stating everyone would be “impressed” with Lee during a Sirius XM NFL Radio interview earlier this week.
As Raiders rookie minicamp unfolds, Lee’s battle to play at inside linebacker is just one of many storylines from Day 1 in Alameda.