Kiper releases first 2014 mock draft, has Jets select USC WR Marquise Lee

Mel Kiper released his first Mock Draft of the 2014 NFL Draft season and in it, he picks USC receiver Marquise Lee for the Jets with the eighteenth pick. Kiper has a staggering seven receivers coming off the board in the first round alone with the Jets nabbing his third best in Lee.

Analysis: It almost goes without saying that New York lacks anything resembling a No. 1 receiver, and a healthy Lee certainly resembles that as a prospect, making him a great fit here. Lee had a balky knee for a portion of 2013, but he looked close to 100 percent toward the end of the season, and we again saw that trademark explosiveness. Lee is a receiver who competes for the ball, runs good routes and can beat corners and safeties deep, but also has exceptional quickness and fluidity as a runner with the ball. He can change direction with so little noticeable loss of speed, it’s a treat to watch.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

As we always say heading into this season, we try to not get too reactive to a hypothetical that will have so many iterations before the draft actually takes place. That said, the Jets do need a top receiver badly and this is a good class from which to pick.

With Sammy Watkins (5th) and Mike Evans (13th) already off the board, it is interesting to see Kiper place Lee as the third guy to be drafted. There was talk about Jordan Matthews being a first rounder, but he didn’t make Kiper’s top 32 selections.  Everyone seems to think that Lee might not be the most physical or flashy player of this class, but he could be ready to contribute quicker than most which is exactly what the Jets will need with a high degree of turnover looming for the receivers.

The conundrum that the Jets might face at 18 is that the consensus could be there’s a dropoff in the physical abilities after Watkins and Evans. Kiper has the Ravens selecting TE Eric Ebron at 16.  If it were between Ebron and Lee at 18?  The Jets might select the tight end to turn around on receivers during day two — as the talent could flatten out on the second day of the draft.  Assuming of course that seven teams don’t actually draft receivers in the first round as Kiper suggests.




158 comments
Muhammad Gretzky
Muhammad Gretzky

The question is whether Geno continues to develop next season - as I don't see the receiving core as the issue. Kerley, Holmes, Nelson, Winslow, Sudfeld, Cumberland, Salas, did their jobs. Geno was extremely erratic and inconsistent. With a decent backup the Jets could as well be a playoff team. Drafting a dynamic receiver or signing a top FA won't make a difference if the QB woefully under performs like Geno displayed majority of this past season. If the Jets get the Geno from the final three games maybe the offense is worth expending top picks or signing top tier FA.

macc
macc

I'm all for Lee but I am a huge fan of Jace Amaro. He is a monster TE. I would actually prefer Amaro over Ebron. Always BPA in the 1st round but if the Jets are looking for offense Amaro is my pick

Scott Berger-Felder
Scott Berger-Felder

Hope they don't draft a TE with the first pick we need a receiver more. if we can some how move up 2 spots to get Benjamin from FSU that would be great. He's big and fast, plus he's not injury prone like Lee.

Brendan
Brendan

Kiper does his mock draft by asking people around the league who they think Team X will draft. Heady stuff. 


Johnny Foosball #1 overall? 

Damein Isham
Damein Isham

Honestly, The jets need to  quit worrying about the team, we're pretty good we have our flaws, but the biggest flaw is the lack of a decent quarterback. it's either fumble sanchez or interception smith. :/ what good is a WR if he never touches the ball??


a57se
a57se

If the guys we want are not there at 18, perhaps a trade down to NO or Carolina would be possible.

We could trade our 1st, 4th and 5th for NO or Carolina's 1st and 2nd round picks.

That would leave us with 1 1st, 2 2nds, 2 3rds, a 4th, a 5th, a 6th and 3 7th's...........


The 4th and 5th are COMP picks.....so they are more like a 5th and 6th.

Tooned In
Tooned In

Its a little too early to take these predictions seriously for me. The "experts" mock drafts change so radically from their first incarnation to their last that it takes a lot of the legitimacy out of the "1.0's". Didn't Kiper have Damontre Moore being taken off the board at #2 by Jacksonville last year in his 2013 1.0? Everything usually fleshes itself out when combine comes around. 


Personally I would want a WR over a TE in the first round. I am not a fan of of drafting the TE position that high unless your getting a prospect that just screams perennial all-pro. But what do I know, I am no expert, just a fan.

a57se
a57se

Jeremiah just posted his latest Mock and he has the Jets taking Ebron.......Watkins, Evans, Lee and Benjamin already off the board in his mock!

nesboogie
nesboogie

Jarvis Landry is better than Odell Beckham 

jetlife
jetlife

I like Allen Robinson more than Lee...

cunny
cunny

I love Ebron, but am I the only guy who thinks it wouldn't be the end of the world if Cumby was our starting TE next year? If Lee's available at 18, you gotta take him.

bob
bob

Do you guys think that Lee can run the ..Thank you.... Thank you.............Thank you very much play? I just not sure about dat one.

a57se
a57se

Can someone tell me how to post a GIF? When I right click on it there are so many options, I am not sure which one to select!

D
D

Im ok with it

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Im fine with Lee, Ebron, Amaro, Robinson at 18. 

dapoktan
dapoktan

if Marqise can become a Reggie Wayne type.. i'd sign up for that in a heartbeat.. from what I've read.. his route running and hands seem great and has the burst to make a big play.


I'm over getting size and speed guys.. give me the reggie waynes and antonio browns.

Pat d
Pat d

That theory had Tebow going to Jacksonville

Pat d
Pat d

I hope the Jets draft BPA

a57se
a57se

@Brendan 

Isn't that better than him just throwing Darts at a board?

harold
harold

Please do not compare Sanchez and Smith. 

Sanchez had much more to work with on offense and defense.  It is not close so, Also Sanchez fumbled and threw many interceptions.  

Also who were these super WR's Smith was throwing to all year?  Not one Wr ranked in the top 85 in the NFL.  Not one RB in the top fifteen.  Even the defense was only 11th. 

a57se
a57se

@Damein Isham 

Well the idea is to fill in the rest of the roster while developing a QB....if we continue to draft em, eventually we'll find one whether that be Geno or someone else........

Pat d
Pat d

If the guy you want is not there trading back is what you do if no one else on your board is worth picking at that spot. That said picking Lee at 18 doesn't really fit that. Lee is miles above anyone we have.

harold
harold

a57se

You can't trade comp picks.  Do you mean the picks we are keeping or trading when you say more like 5th and 6th.

harold
harold

I looked at Robinson.  He is a solid prospect.  If we trade back into the late first I would look at him

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se Copy image address. But don't worry. Soon I'll finish my new website (Which is explicitly for linking to plays from youtube videos)

bradysucks
bradysucks

Yes size and speed is overrated. Wesley Walker on his worst day was the ten times the WR that Stephen Hill is! Hill can out run, out jump, and out size Walker but in the end it is about production.

Give me some little guys who get open and catch the ball and do their job. You win a lot of games with these kinds of players.

Size and speed are great; but only if you have the other intangibles needed to be a dominant receiver such as ball skills, route running ability, football smarts, etc

juunit
juunit

@dapoktan 

I don't really like the Reggie Wayne comparison. I'm not sure who made it first, but it's pretty poor honestly.

Lee is much more naturally talented than Wayne. He's an insane athlete. Might have the best change of direction in the country and has run sub 4.4 40's. And he does have good hands, but he also has some drops. I think most people would call them concentration drops, as in they're correctable to certain extent. Whereas Wayne is like Jerry Rice in that he's not the greatest athlete but he's a technician. He runs perfect routes and never drops a pass.

Bytor
Bytor

@dapoktan This, and maybe sign Boldin. Then you have your big strong wide body. I want explosive playmakers.

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

@harold In the 2 yrs Sanchez had a lot to work with he went to afc championship games (yes I know it was ground and pound and top D, but he performed VERY well in the playoff games)...then suddenly we lose some grit on the o-line with Woody and Faneca, other veteran leaders like Thomas Jones and T-Rich left, Keller couldn't stay on the field, Braylon and Cotchery not replaced and once Holmes got his $ he became the malcontent we knew he would be...Sanchez was awful his final 2 yrs but let's remember he worked with nothing, while also dealing with Tebow/Sparano in the final yr, hard to place blame squarely on his shoulders which is why I would love him back for 2014

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Didn't sound like he was comparing them, just pointing out we've had horrible QB play for 5 straight seasons now.

a57se
a57se

@haroldI thought I was clear that we would be left with COMP picks in the 4th and 5th which are basically 5th and 6th round picks......

Sorry for the confusion!

harold
harold

Wesley Walker was one of the fastest players in the league.  Not sure where you got the out-running part of that. 

Bytor
Bytor

@bradysucks Or you let your second rounder with size and speed develop. ;-)

harold
harold

I actually like the Reggie Wayne comparison (Reggie ran track in Miami and ran a 4.45).  In my evaluation of the Lee I see his ceiling as Reggie Wayne and his floor as Santonio Holmes.   I would sign up for a young Holmes or possibly Wayne.  Wayne is a little bigger maybe an inch taller from the eye test and little bigger frame.  But similiar enough where I think the comparison is valid.

Matt Ryan Hill
Matt Ryan Hill

@rock316nyj @harold Yea... I'm kind of with you, but it's just not going to happen per my discussion with JoeyBoy, Jake, whatever his name is a couple days ago... He will get much more on the open market and the reasons to drop him to save cash are much more compelling than to keep him. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@a57se I enjoyed the previous version where I was able to post pictures, etc. and enjoy others' postings.

Much too  vanilla this latest  Livefyre crapola.

a57se
a57se

@mario3@a57se  

Hmmmmm.........I tried copy image here and saw the GIF flash after i tried to copy but I don't think it showed up either!

a57se
a57se

Oh MAN! you just gotta read this piece from the NY Times......it even mentions John Idzik, the Jets Offensive Coordinator from 1977 to 1979! Idzik resigned because he didn't get along with Walt Michaels!

harold
harold

I agree I think he is a solid pick at that spot.  I would be on board with a Lee pick.  I just want to see if he is a legit 6'0 tall and how big his hands are at the combine.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

If the ceiling/floor on Lee is as you say then he would be a NO-BRAINER at 18.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

There were many instances where you critiqued the blocking of the TE's in the BGA's.

You did say that Cumby showed improvement in his blocking early on  but have you compared his usage to other TE's in the league and the assignments they get?

We didn't use them for certain things because they weren't capable.


Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se I never said that.  Cumberland actually started the season really well as a blocker but then regressed as the season went on, although he did start to show more positive signs towards the end with the line blocking well alongside him.


They don't leave them in very often in pass pro which is why it was surprising when they got Cumberland to stay in to block Wake a lot in the last game.  That plan worked (no sacks) and although Cumberland was overmatched (four pressures in 10 pass rushes IIRC) that's probably about as good as could be expected one on one with one of the league's best.  Many TEs wouldn't even be put in that situation so their confidence in his blocking must have grown somewhat.


Wasn't impressed with Sudfeld's blocking and Reuland has always been hit and miss.  As for Winslow, they barely ever employed him as a blocker.

a57se
a57se

@mario3@a57se@Marcus Armstrong@juunit@dapoktan 

Read the BGA's Bent did on pass blocking and run Blocking....our TE's STUNK this year in both areas.....MM did try and use those guys to little effect.

They need to be at least average at it as that helps the offense become less predictable when they are on the field.

That is what makes Gronk so special.

mario3
mario3

@a57se @Marcus Armstrong @mario3 @juunit @dapoktan i think i read somewhere that MM doesn't usually leave his TE in to block … but a good OC will maximize his players strengths while limiting his weaknesses,which is what i think marcus meant

a57se
a57se

@mario3@a57se@juunit@dapoktan  

"His blocking is suspect but thats coachable,"

We hear that all the time with TE's coming out of college but MOST of the time, that is NOT the case.

Guys who couldn't block out of college usually never block in the NFL either.

mario3
mario3

@a57se @mario3 @juunit @dapoktan they produced as number 2 TEs, imagine if they didn't have vets in front of them… His blocking is suspect but thats coachable, what isn't coachable is his athleticism and hands… I don't think he will become an All world type of guy, I never said that, but i do believe he will be a very good TE for the team that drafts him

a57se
a57se

@mario3@a57se@juunit@dapoktan 

Ertz started 2 games while Eifert started 15 yet they both had less than 40 catches. Both were actually no. 2 TE's behind Brent Celek and Jermaine Gresham respectively, in offenses that were much more dynamic than the Jets.

You want Ebron to come in and start for the Jets yet his blocking is not very good......I question the wisdom of that though if you think this guy is going to develop into an All world type of guy then it would be worth it.

dapoktan
dapoktan

@mario3 @juunit @a57se @dapoktan 

most mocks i see never has Amaro going past the Pats in the first... ideally, we get Lee w/ the 18 and then trade the 2nd and 3rd rounder for Cleveland's 26 pick and get Amaro.. that'd be perfect.. 


sigh. wishful thinking

mario3
mario3

@a57se @mario3 @juunit @dapoktan yea i agree with you 57, Lee will produce right away wile Beckham Jr and Landry will take a little more time to come around.. but i do disagree with you that Ebron can't produce right away, as a TE with athleticism you can beat LBs and Safeties… just look at Ertz and Eifert … i believe Ebron is way better than both of them

a57se
a57se

@mario3@juunit@a57se@dapoktan 

I like both Beckham Jr and Landry but they both need time in an NFL system to develop while Lee will be able to step right in and contribute at a high level.

Ebron isn't ready to contribute either as he is very raw.

juunit
juunit

@mario3@juunit@a57se@dapoktan 

Yes. After 2012 I was talking about him as a top 3 overall pick. My opinion hasn't changed because of a "poor" season where he was hurt, had a QB carousel and a mid-season coaching change. 

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit@dapoktan 

Well, he didn't actually do much of that this season. I attribute that to both the QB and his knee though. And before that he had Barkley who was a good college QB. 

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se @juunit @dapoktan This would be one of those times when draft need, draft position and system fit align almost perfectly.

mario3
mario3

@juunit @a57se @dapoktan do you think theres a huge difference in getting Lee in the first and getting a Beckham Jr./Landry in the second?

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit@dapoktan 

One of his signature plays from college is catching a quick slant then running across multiple defenders faces and adding an extra 30+ yards after the catch. He did that a lot.