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New York Jets show serious interest in USC's Marqise Lee


New York sports radio has plenty to discuss this week between Darrelle Revis landing with the New England Patriots and the Jets signing former Broncos receiver Eric Decker.

One thing that might go unnoticed however is that the Jets may not be done adding receivers to the roster for Geno Smith (or someone else) to throw to. A report from the New York Daily News says high-level personnel from the organization met with USC receiver Marqise Lee before and after his pro day on Wednesday and are strongly considering taking him in the first-round.

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has New York snagging Lee with the 18th pick in the draft in his latest mock draft and he could be the first of many to slot the talented pass catcher at that spot following the team's interest going public.

Lee did not run the 40-yard dash in Los Angeles but did catch passes for scouts. He said he had a "B+" pro day when talking to reporters afterward but continues to be a player who is climbing up draft boards following a sub-par junior season filled with injuries.

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"The main thing I really tried to focus on was my position drills," Lee told the LA Times. "Getting in and out of breaks, catching the ball no matter where it's at -- just showing them that I still got that in me."

Analyst Mike Mayock rates the former Trojan as the third best receiver in the draft behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

The 6-foot, 192-pounder could pair nicely with Decker following the departure of Santonio Holmes from the Jets. It remains to be seen if the team adds another receiver through free agency but a dynamic playmaker like Lee makes sense as a way to energize New York's offense and special teams.



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