Marqise Lee was believed to be one of the top two wide receivers in the 2014 NFL draft during the college football season after a sensational 2012 season resulted in him winning the Biletnkoff Award as the nation’s top receiver, but after a disappointing junior season that could have been as a result of injury, Lee has seen his draft stock plummet.
The former USC star could fall all the way out of the first round, but he’s hoping to land with the New York Jets take him with the No. 18 pick.
“They’re a great organization,” Lee told Brian Costello of the New York Post. “They made me feel at home and made it feel like a place you want to play.”
Red Ryan may favor a defensive player like Anthony Barr if the UCLA outside linebacker is available, but if Geno Smith is to realize his potential at quarterback, having a weapon like Lee would go a long way in helping him achieve that.
When healthy, Lee has the talent to rival Sammy Watkins as the top receiver in the draft class, but will the Jets view the reward outweighs the risk?
We’ll find out Thursday night during the first round of the NFL draft.