The Jacksonville Jaguars struck gold in stealing Marqise Lee in the second round of the NFL Draft. Lee was expected to be one of the top three receivers after having a stellar college football season in 2012, but he decided to stay in college. While Lee stayed at USC, injuries robbed him of the success that he had in the 2012 season.
In Lee’s case, it is a blessing in disguise, because he will still receive the chance to play and compete immediately with the Jaguars. The Jaguars’ offense will be starting from scratch, and Lee will be depended on early.
If healthy, Lee will make noise as a rookie. In the past, it took rookies at least three years to develop, but with the passing game in the NFL being similar to the passing game in college, it is easier to adapt because the concepts of the offenses are similar. Lee will be in competition with fellow rookie Allen Robinson and Cecil Shorts, but it likely that all three will be on the field together.
The Jaguars are taking it slow with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, but Lee will not have that luxury to sit and watch. Lee will be given every opportunity to play immediately, and it will be up to him to cash in on the opportunity. Once training camp is underway, expect to see a lot of No. 11 on the field. The Jaguars will need him to grow up fast despite having the letter R next to his name.