Mel Kiper said the Jets should pick WR Marqise Lee with their No. 18 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (Cimini).
The six-foot, 195 lbs. Lee is coming off his junior season at USC, where he pulled in 57 receptions for 791 yards and four touchdowns. In 2012, he had 118 receptions for 1,721 yars and 14 touchdowns. Over his college career, he has nearly 250 catchers for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns.
In 2012, Lee was a unanimous All-American, Biletnikoff Award winner and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He was considered a leading candidate for the 2013 Heisman Trophy at the beginning of the season.
Kiper, on a conference call with reporters, also said the Jets should take another quarterback in the middle rounds.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comProduction is key for the Jets. As Stephen Hill has demonstrated, the Jets don’t have time to wait for someone to develop. The Jets need to add skill players to their offense for 2014 who can come in and take no time in getting up to speed.
Lee seems like a player who fits that profile, but there are a number of other players at both wide receiver and tight end who might also be effective. This can be the first draft since 2009 that six wide receivers are taken in the first round and that bodes well for a Jets team who is looking to gain production from young skill player positions quickly.