The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted USC wide receiver Marqise Lee in the second round of last week’s 2014 NFL Draft, as another step in second-year general manager David Caldwell’s rebuild of the cellar-dwelling franchise. That rebuild included the trading of another recent and high profile draft pick, quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
After two frustrating seasons in Jacksonville, the Jags officially gave up on Gabbert by shipping him to San Francisco in March, leading to a first round selection of UCF quarterback Blake Bortles.
With Lee and Bortles among others, the Jaguars concluded their assigning of numbers on Tuesday by giving Lee the same No. 11 that Blaine Gabbert wore.
Due to NFL numbering rules for wide receivers, Lee could only wear a number in the ranges between 11 and 19, or 81 through 89, most of which were taken.
Lee wore No. 9 at USC, after initially wearing No. 17 in fall camp back as a freshman. After excelling quickly in camp, Lane Kiffin awarded Lee with a single-digit number.
Now Lee will hope to break the No. 11 curse in Jacksonville, which has claimed not only Blaine Gabbert as a draft bust, but receiver Reggie Williams. A first round pick in 2004 out of Washington, Williams most recently played with the Toronto Argonauts and never became the answer to Jimmy Smith’s retirement that the Jags had hoped.