Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) returns a kickoff during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014: New York Jets to target drafting Marqise Lee?

The New York Jets managed to save their head coach last season by not playing completely destructive football, but there is plenty of room for improvement in the offseason. One thing that has been sorely lacking over the past few years has been a threat at wide receiver, something that has in turn hindered the production of whoever goes under-center

It’s obvious that the Jets will look at the deep and rich wide receiver class of free agents this year to grab a top target, but Rich Cimini form ESPNewYork believes the team will be looking at a receiver in the draft and could end up looking the way of USC Trojans receiver Marqise Lee.

Per ESPN.com:

The speculation will shift to USC’s Marqise Lee, who did himself no favors by running a 4.52. A shade under 6-0, weighing 192 pounds, Lee was expected to run a sub-4.5. He’ll get another shot at his pro day and private workouts. If he stays in the 4.5s, it could work to the Jets’ benefit, perhaps ensuring he’d be there at 18. Everybody knows he can make plays — he was the best receiver in the country in 2012 — but teams obsess over 40 times.

Cimini originally noted Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans as potential options, but it appears that they’re only rising in the draft and won’t be available for the Jets.

Either way, New York needs receivers and looking to the draft for supplemental help to a free agent signing isn’t a bad idea.

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