JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected former USC receiver Marqise Lee in the second round of the NFL draft.
The Jaguars wasted little time choosing Lee with the 39th overall pick Friday, a move that helps offset the expected loss of suspended receiver Justin Blackmon. General manager Dave Caldwell said last week that he doesn’t expect Blackmon, who is suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy, to play in 2014.
Lee joins UCF quarterback Blake Bortles in Jacksonville’s draft class. If things go well, they could become a dangerous duo for years.
Lee caught 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in three years with the Trojans. He caught 57 passes for 791 yards and four scores last year despite playing through a knee injury.