After disappointment on day one of the 2014 NFL draft, Marqise Lee has finally found a home in the NFL. With the 39th overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars made the electric USC wide receiver their second round selection per CBS’s Jason La Confora.
Lee’s draft slide may not have surprised the way Johnny Manziel‘s did, but failing to hear his name called in the opening round was a shock considering his projected top status following his Biletnikoff Award-winning sophomore season.
Multiple injuries, including an MCL sprain, slowed Lee as a junior and his draft stock dipped as a result.
Rated as the fifth-best wide receiver in the draft by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Lee waited in Radio City Music Hall as Sammy Watkins, Mike, Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin were all chosen ahead of him to the Bills, Bucaneers, Giants, Saints and Panthers respectively.
His fall mirrors those of other outstanding Trojan receivers like Dwayne Jarrett and Robert Woods.
While at USC, Lee racked up ownership or a share of 24 Trojan records, including the all-time mark in reception yards with 3,655. With 248 career catches, he missed Wood’s receptions record by just four. He ranks fourth all-time in the Pac-12 in both categories.