I selected Lee with the 23rd pick because I believe wide receiver is the Chiefs’ biggest need, and Lee was the best WR available.
In 2013 Kansas City’s leader in receiving yards was Jamaal Charles with 693 yards. Charles also led the team in receiving touchdowns with seven. The problem with this is not the numbers; it is the fact that Charles is a running back. In order to be an elite offense you need your leading receiver to actually play the receiver position.
As long as Charles is the running back, then Kansas City will be a run first team. What the drafting of Lee does is it allows them to be more balanced. Defenses will have to pay more attention to the passing game with a guy like Lee on the outside.
The reason Lee is so tough for opposing defenses is because he can beat you in a couple of different way. He can catch the short pass and turn it into a big play, or he can blow by you and beat you deep. He also brings the added asset of being a good downfield blocker in the running game, which is important in a run first offense.
The drafting of Lee alone does not put the Kansas City offense on the same level as the Denver Broncos, but it does make them much tougher to defend. When Andy Reid got to Kansas City, he went out and got his QB in Alex Smith. Then he got the left tackle to protect him with the top pick in last year’s draft. Now it is time to go get that No. 1 WR and that is why I selected Marqise Lee for the Chiefs.