Marquel Lee
No. 52 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Inside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-21) October 21, 1995 (age 26)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Westlake (Waldorf, Maryland)
College:Wake Forest
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 168
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2021
Total tackles:115
Pass deflections:3
Player stats at

Marquel Lee (born October 21, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wake Forest, and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early life

Lee was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1995. His family moved to Waldorf Maryland and he attended Westlake High School.

Professional career

On December 14, 2016, it was announced that Lee had accepted his invitation to play in the 2017 East–West Shrine Game.[1] During practice for the East–West Shrine Game, Lee sustained a foot injury and was unable to participate. He was one of 29 collegiate linebackers to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, but only performed the bench press, vertical jump, and broad jump due to his pre-existing foot injury. Lee performed well, finishing second among all linebackers in the bench press, 12th in the broad jump, and 16th in the vertical.[2] On March 13, 2017, Lee attended Wake Forest's pro day and ran all of the combine drills he was unable to at the combine. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Lee was projected to be a fifth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the 13th best outside linebacker prospect in the draft by[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+14 in
(1.91 m)
240 lb
(109 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.78 s 1.62 s 2.71 s 4.33 s 7.28 s 31.0 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Wake Forest's Pro Day[4][5]

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders selected Lee in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[6][7] He was the 22nd linebacker selected in 2017 and was the only Wake Forest player drafted since 2015.

On May 26, 2017, the Oakland Raiders signed Lee to a four-year, $2.65 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $253,963.[8]

Throughout training camp, Lee competed for the starting middle linebacker role against Ben Heeney, Cory James, and Tyrell Adams.[9] Head coach Jack Del Rio named him the starting middle linebacker to start the regular season.[10]

He made his professional regular season debut and his first career start in the Oakland Raiders' season-opener at the Tennessee Titans and recorded two solo tackles during their 26–16 victory. On October 8, 2017, Lee recorded a season-high six combined tackles in a 30–17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He unfortunately sustained a ankle injury during the game and was carted off the field to be examined in the locker room.[11] He missed the next three games and lost his starting role to newly acquired veteran NaVorro Bowman who the Raiders signed on October 16, 2017.[12] He finished his rookie season with 25 combined tackles (18 solo) in 13 games and six starts.[13] Head coach Jack Del Rio was fired after the Raiders finished 6-10.

On September 24, 2019, Lee was placed on injured reserve.[14] He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 11, 2019, and began practicing with the team again.[15] He was activated on December 2, 2019.[16] He was placed back on injured reserve on December 21, 2019.[17]

Lee was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp on July 28, 2020.[18] He was waived with a failed physical designation on August 3, 2020.[19]

Buffalo Bills

Lee signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on March 31, 2021.[20] He was released on August 31, 2021.[21]

Las Vegas Raiders

On September 1, 2021, Lee was signed to the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad.[22] He was promoted to the active roster on September 18, 2021. He was released on September 22, 2021 and re-signed to the practice squad. He was promoted back to the active roster on November 3.[23]

Buffalo Bills (second stint)

On March 18, 2022, the Buffalo Bills signed Lee to a one year contract.[24]


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  2. ^ "NFL Combine results 2017: Full numbers for linebackers". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Marquel Lee, DS #13 OLB, Wake Forest". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Marquel Lee Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Marquel Lee, Wake Forest, OLB, 2017 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Oakland Raiders Select Marquel Lee In Fifth Round Of 2017 NFL Draft". April 29, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "NFL Draft: Raiders get their linebacker in Wake Forest's Marquel Lee". April 29, 2017.
  8. ^ " Marquel Lee contract". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Doug Williams (June 13, 2017). "Marquel Lee Working to Become Raiders' Middle Man". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Levi Damien (September 5, 2017). "Raiders release week 1 depth chart". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Levi Damien (October 17, 2017). "Raiders-Chiefs injury report: Marquel Lee returns, Marshall Newhouse still missing". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Paul Gutierrez (October 23, 2017). "'Hunting dog' NaVorro Bowman sparking Raiders' defense". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL Player stats: Marquel Lee (2017)". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Raiders sign Allen; place Lee on IR". September 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Damien, Levi (November 11, 2019). "Marquel Lee returns to practice for Raiders, starting clock on return from injured reserve". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Raiders activate linebacker Marquel Lee". December 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Raiders promote Lester Cotton Sr; place Marquel Lee on IR". December 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Raiders announce PUP and NFI list". July 28, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "Raiders announce transactions - 08.03.20". August 3, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Glab, Maddy (March 31, 2021). "Bills sign linebacker Marquel Lee". Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  21. ^ "Bills release 23 players to set the initial 2021 53-man roster". August 31, 2021.
  22. ^ "Raiders announce practice squad additions". September 1, 2021.
  23. ^ "Raiders sign LB Marquel Lee to active roster, add QB Nathan Peterman to practice squad". November 3, 2021.
  24. ^ Glab, Maddie (March 18, 2022). "Bills re-sign linebacker Marquel Lee". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved March 18, 2022.