2014 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Fall Short with WR Marqise Lee

By Jack Delaney
Marqise Lee Jacksonville Jaguars
Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to add weapons for new acquisition Blake Bortles, but selecting Marqise Lee in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft was the wrong weapon to add.

Lee had an impressive three seasons in college, and his totals of 3,655 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns make him a potential NFL star. He has impressive speed and is able to create great separation with his body, and it is a bit of a surprise that he fell to the second round. In the right system, Lee could become a premiere receiver, but Jacksonville is not that system.

With the current roster, Bortles desperately needs a big target to get the ball to. At 6-feet tall, 195 pounds, Lee will not be wining the jump balls that Bortles will depend upon his receivers to bring down. With 5-foot-7 Ace Sanders and 6-foot, 202 pound Cecil Shorts the main targets, the offense will continue to struggle.

The starting quarterback will have a big target in tight end Marcedes Lewis, but that isn’t enough to help the team win games. The Jaguars should have selected someone like Jordan Matthews, but for whatever reason, Jacksonville decided to add another slender receiver to the roster.

For a team that ranked 22nd in passing yards in 2013, the need for new offensive playmakers was a huge priority. Building an explosive offense is a balance between quick shifty receivers and big tall mountains. While the receivers are talented for Jacksonville, the wide outs are now one dimensional and cannot create mismatches.

The addition of Lee will not help the Jaguars in 2014.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for Rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

You May Also Like