JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After addressing quarterback with the third overall pick on Thursday, the Jacksonville Jaguars continued to improve the passing game, taking Marqise Lee with the 39th overall selection Friday, in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Lee, 6-foot-0 192 pounds, addresses an immediate need for the Jaguars who still don’t know when they will have Justin Blackmon back from his suspension.
Lee played collegiately at the University of Southern California and is the sixth receiver selected in this year’s draft. Lee played three seasons at USC, totaling 248 receptions for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns. Two knocks on him are his ability to stay healthy and how he sometimes catches the ball with his body instead of his hands. The body catching issue is something that can be coached out of him, especially with the Jaguars having Jerry Sullivan as their receivers coach. Still it's thought by many that his explosiveness more then makes up for any knocks to his game.
Lee burst on the scene at USC as a true freshman in 2011, earning PAC-12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year honors. He probably would have been a first-round pick had he left after his sophomore season when he led the country in receptions with 118, earning him the Biletnikof Award given to the nation’s top receiver. He saw a dip in production as a junior due to missing three games because of injury.
Lee will likely be the Jaguars number two receiver heading into the season across from Cecil Shorts with Ace Sanders in the slot.
The Jaguars pick next in the third round with the 70th overall selection.