Marqise Lee, WR, USC
On Thursday night, the Jets will be playing a game of musical chairs in terms of deciding who they will use their first-round pick on.
No matter what happens in the first 17 picks, between the glut of talent at cornerback, wide receiver and tight end, the Jets will have a shot at one of the top prospects at one of their top need positions without having to trade up or reach back.
In the end, USC's Marqise Lee makes the most sense simply because the other players have a few less questions about their game and will thus be drafted a few spots higher.
Lee compares well to Santonio Holmes as an explosive athlete who can turn a short stick route into a 60-yard gain. He would be the perfect complement opposite Eric Decker, eating up all of the underneath stuff while Decker makes the contested catches downfield.
There two primary concerns with Lee as a prospect. For one, he had a steep dip in production from his breakout 2012 season, notching nearly 1,000 fewer yards and cutting his catches in half. Much of this can be attributed to his environment—he was dealing with poor quarterback play and underwent a coaching change halfway through the season.
Nagging knee injuries compounded his (relative) struggles, which will also cause some NFL teams to choose healthier players (like Odell Beckham, Jr.) instead of him.
The Jets, however, appear to have done their homework and have shown a strong interest in Lee:
No one knows who the Jets will wind up picking, but from an outside perspective, Lee makes the most sense because of the likelihood he is to be available.