2014 NFL Draft: Marqise Lee Might be too Good for New York Giants to Pass Up
Last season, the New York Giants’ passing attack ranked 19th overall in the NFL with an average of 224.3 yards per game, down from the 239.1 yards per game they averaged in 2012 and markedly down from the 295.9 yards they averaged in 2011. The Giants have hired Bob McAdoo to help turn things around. Offensive skill players could very well be a major target for the Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft.
One skill player who could end up falling to the Giants with the 12th overall selection is USC standout wide receiver Marqise Lee. Lee is coming off of a season that saw him catch 57 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns. While they don’t seem like eye-popping numbers one can rest assured that Lee is the real deal. As a sophomore in 2012, Lee caught 118 passes for 1721 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Lee might be the best receiver in the draft, although Sammy Watkins can certainly lay claim to that label as well. Lee combines adequate size at 5-foot-11 with excellent speed and precise route running to get to the ball. Once there, he has soft hands and can make the difficult catch in traffic. Lee is a danger to take the ball all the way once it is in his hands with excellent acceleration and the ability to make cuts when needed. He can terrorize defenses.
With Hakeem Nicks’ future up in the air and his tenure with the Giants likely done, the Giants could use a game-breaking receiver to compliment Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Lee could step in immediately and start in the Giants’ offense. Few players in this draft possess Lee’s home run ability and he could be too good for the Giants to pass up if he is available.
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