Link: TBL mocks Lee to the Jets

In their latest mock, popular sports blog The Big Lead, run by Jets fan and former TJB Podcast guest Jason McIntyre, has the Jets making an interesting pick at #18 with the likes of Brandin Cooks, Calvin Pryor and Bradley Roby still on the board:

18. New York Jets – Marqise Lee, WR, USC. To be clear, I’m not a fan of this. But the chatter goes like this: Jets WR Vidal Hazelton played at USC. He’s been raving about Lee. OC Marty Mornhinweg sees Lee as a stretch-the-field DeSean Jackson, like in his Philly days. Idzik sees Lee as a value pick – had he been in the draft last year, he might have been a Top 5 pick based on an incredible sophomore year (116 catches, 1,721 yards and 14 TDs).

However, perhaps just as interesting is what he says about the Patriots’ pick:

29. New England – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame. I should have just penciled in “trade” or “someone from Florida.” Rex Ryan supposedly loves Tuitt, who can play just about anywhere on the line in a 3-4 or 4-3, so it’ll chap his ass to have a rival get him. It doesn’t seem possible that Tuitt will fall to the Jets in the 2nd.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

I’m not sure how strong the information McIntyre has is, or whether he’s just riffing off the conjecture of others, but Lee is certainly a candidate for the Jets to consider at 18 if he’s available. However, you can pretty much rule out the Hazelton stuff as a red herring. Hazelton – who spent last year on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in camp – was an exclusive rights free agent to whom the Jets elected not to offer a contract, so he’s currently an unrestricted free agent. The Jets controlled his rights and could have retained him on a one-year minimum deal if they wanted to, so unless there’s an unexpected change of heart, he won’t be back and certainly isn’t with the team this week.

I’m not sure I’ve seen the Jets linked with Tuitt anywhere either, although maybe there’s a tenuous link with Brian VanGorder headed to Notre Dame as their new defensive coordinator and therefore perhaps in a position to share any intel he’s gleaned from his coaches or film studies with his old boss. It would certainly be unexpected for the Jets to spend a high pick on a defensive lineman, since their existing unit is young, deep and talented. However, maybe a versatile youngster could be a good pick for the medium-to-long term with Kenrick Ellis, Damon Harrison and Leger Douzable all having their contracts expire at the end of the season.




78 comments
a57se
a57se

I like taking Lee over Pryor, Roby and Cooks......

boose2
boose2

Did a mock draft simulation - Walter Football BB:

18 - Dennard

49 - Amaro

80 - Tre Mason

104 - Cody Latimer

115 - Donte Moncreif

Stopped after first 5 picks. May be the only one on TJB that would be happy with these selections haha.

(Lee went 9th but more intriguing, Evans went 17 - would like to see a trade if he fell that far in real draft).

jdawggg
jdawggg

Am I the only one that think it's hilarious to suggest that Vidal Hazelton, who will not make the Jets and did not play with Marqise Lee at USC (he left in 2008) is somehow going to influence the Jets to take Lee?

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

Trade down in 1st

Take Cooks (Decker Kerly Nelson Cooks Hill) better fit need speed

Take TE Jenkins in 2nd great fit next to Cumberland

3rd take best CB available

4th: OLB Smith ILB Smallwood Best O-Line men available

5th-7th best available

Make couple more moves in FA Safety OL Competition/Depth

Good to go

WW85
WW85

Lee ran a 4.52 at the combine....which is is fine if you're 6'2  230. Not so much when you're 6ft, slender & you refuse to run the 40 again on your pro day. Coming off a season when he didn't adapt to a weaker QB than he had in his superstar 2012 season.  The only WR in rd 1 realistically we can get who is worth it is Brandin Cooks. Otherwise OBJ or I'd rather have a CB, 

bradysucks
bradysucks

The Jets could do a lot worse than Lee in round 1


Lee, Decker & Kerley....fine by me

dabronx
dabronx

I understand the OBJ hype. However, he doesn't warrant it. He didn't even have the best receiving stats on his own team last year. He is an incredible athlete but his combine warrior numbers shouldn't mask the lack of collegiate production. 

juunit
juunit

Rex and Dunbar would LOVE Tuitt. I don't think he's done any typical combine workouts because of a fracture in his foot, but he's an amazing athlete for a 300 pound man.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Bent


Who do you want the Jets to pick in round 1? 

__fense
__fense

And we all know how great things written by former TJB podcast guests turn out. 


I love how he has the Patriots picking someone just to spite the Jets, and that the more rational pick that he gave for them was 'someone from Florida'.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

I'm not sure which is a worse first round pick --- Lee or Tuitt.  Neither warrant it.   Want no part of either of them.   There's gotta be 20 better options...in the first round alone.   

Bernie Lyons
Bernie Lyons

Based on the strength of the passing teams we will play (see schedule released yesterday) I'm leaning toward a DB for the first pick

Pat d
Pat d

Lee, Beckham or Cooks

In that order

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  Roby just got arrested, so I don't think anyone is taking him that early. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Frank Monastra  


I'll buy.   I might prefer to get my OLB first, but if we trade down and get an extra 2nd or 3rd rounder then it doesn't matter...I'll get both ASJ and my OLB...and then grab the CB next.     


Also think it intriguing if we grab DAT in the 4th round to add another game-changer to the mix.   Having acquired CJ allows us that luxury, and De'Anthony gives us an electric play-maker we haven't had since Leon Washington.   


This formula...add a top WR, TE and DAT to the O, and a quality CB and OLB to the D, combined with what's already been done, could make the Jets a very dangerous and exciting team.      


juunit
juunit

@WW85  

Jim Mora clocked him at 4.35. He was on the USC track team. He lead the NCAA in plays over 15 yards and over 50 yards when he wasn't playing injured. To suggest that he is slow is just wrong. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@WW85  


Evans, Cooks and Beckham are, imo, the only WR's (other than Watkins, who's out of reach) worthy of our first round pick.   After that, I'd look to TE (Ebron), and CB's (Gilbert and Dennard).   All these guys are BPA in positions of need.   


Ideally, we get one of these six guys in the first round, and only look elsewhere if they're off the board when we pick.   


I know all draft picks are something of crap shoots ... but Lee seems an unnecessarily high risk for us in the first round.   Too much risk and not enough potential reward.   I don't see him as a #1 receiver.         


Pat d
Pat d

Lee is a better WR than Cooks.

juunit
juunit

@bradysucks  

Don't forget Nelson. He's a legitimate receiver. Bills f***ed up letting him go. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@dabronx  


Landry could be the guy from LSU who has the best NFL career at WR


OBJ though is a player who could easily develop in the NFL into a #1 WR....reminds me of Crabtree

jetlife
jetlife

@dabronx  I have seen a number of LSU fans say the SAME THING. Only 2 TDs(all-purpose) in SEC play.

jetlife
jetlife

@jaygo  Well, Keenan Allen won OROY. It's not UNHEARD of, but I understand what you are saying.

jetlife
jetlife

@__fense  Was he trying to make an Urban Myer-BB connection? If so he's a couple years behind...I didn't get that either. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@__fense  Hey I was a TJB podcast guest once!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Bernie Lyons  Baptism by fire for a young rookie if they're going to start.

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

No Lee Pat D. He is not the same player he was in 2012. I am not risking a first round pick that he regains his form. He was a pile of steamy last year.

Pat d
Pat d

Hazard

You had valid points for not taking Lee earlier. Having seen what he is capable of, I feel he is the perfect fit. For all those that make a big deal about the 40 time you have not seen him play. Anyone that presses him at the line will pay. He has excellent speed off the snap and he is the best route runner in the draft.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@bradysucks @dabronx  Landry has literally the worst agility times I've ever seen for a WR. That's over 12 years of combine data. He has the worst shuttle and worst 3 cone. At 5'11".

juunit
juunit

@bradysucks @juunit 

Obviously. But if he didn't have that foot injury, his combine would've been awesome and as a result he would've been talked about as a no question first rounder throughout this whole offseason process. 

He played at like 320 in college and still moved extremely well. 20 pounds lighter and he would've had a Donald-like combine. It's a shame he was hurt.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jetlife @__fense  I took that to be a reference to the Pats always drafting too many Florida players which is one of those narratives that doesn't actually have any basis in fact, but everyone started saying it in 2010 after they drafted three and has continued to say it ever since despite them now drafting any more in the last three years.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Pat d  


It's possible...but it's also possible you're wrong about Lee being a good fit for the Jets.   I don't see it.   He's coming off an injury, has lost a step, has been known to drop balls, and had a marked decrease in production.   Not interested in the reasons.   That's just too many question marks to deal with in a first round pick.     



jetsfan65
jetsfan65

Joseph- People were saying the same thing about Alshon Jefferey b4 the draft cuz he had a weak senior year n he turned out pretty good, not too mention that we traded up to get hill while jefferey was still available smh..

I like Lee who would had gone top 5 b4 2013 started, ppl r reading too much into a down year in which he was coming back from a major injury n playing with a subpar QB.

-JetsFan65

Pat d
Pat d

My gut tells me the Jets will pass on Lee and will regret it for a long time.

juunit
juunit

@bradysucks @juunit 

I don't want to draft him. I'm just saying he's a talented guy who had some bad luck which will probably hurt his first paycheck. Far as I know he's a good person, so that's disappointing to hear. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@juunit @bradysucks  


It's a shame the Queen doesn't have ballls.....if she did she could be King

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hazard2012 @Bent @bradysucks  



I see your sense of humor is still in tact Bent ..

juunit
juunit

@Bent @jetlife@__fense 

33% of the players from Florida that the Patriots have drafted in the last 3 years are murderers? 

Pat d
Pat d

All valid points Hazard

jsadolph
jsadolph

@jetdee

Didn't Coples have a great Junior yr and a let down SR. yr and that made him slip to us in 2012.  And that worked out just fine.  I would say that that is a very similar position that Lee is in now. Draft knowing that that 2012 Lee is under there somewhere and just know that the injury in 2013 hampered his numbers.  Getting Lee at 18 could just be the steal of the draft.

jetdee
jetdee

I've wanted lee since last year and always figured we'd have no shot in getting him so having his stock fall like it's supposedly falling now is music to my ears.

If the jets are anything like me they're not gonna let one down year steer them away from probably the best receiver in the draft.

Bent
Bent moderator


@Pat d That makes it sound like you wanted that guy.  I take it you mean since BEFORE him?

Pat d
Pat d

That's why I don't think they'll take Lee. They haven't taken the player I wanted in the first round since a player from Ohio State that I will not name.

jetdee
jetdee

My guy tells me the jets are gonna take lee because the majority of jets fans don't want him and when do they ever do things the fans want?