The Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver James Jones to the Oakland Raiders this past offseason, and there are quite a few analysts that believe they could look to replace him with their first round pick.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, it is very unlikely that USC wide receiver Marqise Lee will make it past the Packers with the 21st pick. There have been many different predictions for the Packers’ first round pick, but most of them are on the defensive side of the football.
ESPNs @mortreport reported that USC WR Marqise Lee will not get past the Packers at 21.
— Elisha Twerski (@ETwPhoneHome) May 8, 2014
Green Bay has been known to draft offensive players to surround Aaron Rodgers with the best talent possible, but it certainly seems like they need to be focusing on improving their defense first. Lee would be a very nice pickup for the Packers in the passing game, and would give them just another threat for Rodgers, and a young receiver to grow along with the youth of Eddie Lacy as weapons for the Packer offense.
Lee played in 11 games last year with the Trojans, catching 57 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns. He dealt with lingering injuries all last season, but was still able to come up with some big games. In 2012, he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns, which shows a bit more of his potential.
If the Packers truly do go with a wide receiver and Lee is their guy, the offense will certainly gain yet another playmaker and be even more dangerous than it was with Jones in the lineup.
Overall, it makes a lot of sense that Ted Thompson would be targeting a wide receiver with the skill-set that Lee possesses. He is exactly what the Packers have been known to draft over the years, and despite their need for defense would be a very nice pickup. This certainly adds to the drama surrounding the Packers with the 21st pick.