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Saturday, April 5, 2014
Daily draft dish: The magic of Marqise

By Rich Cimini

Every morning, from now until draft day (May 8), we'll provide a draft factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.

USC's Marqise Lee is one of the wide receivers being mentioned as a possibility for the Jets with the 18th pick. Lee had a down year in 2013, but his full body of work is impressive. Consider: Quarterbacks completed 69.7 percent of their pass attempts, with 29 touchdowns and just one interception when targeting Lee in his career. The 29-to-1 ratio is crazy good. They averaged 10.3 yards every time that they targeted Lee.

Let's take it a step further. When targeting Lee on passes of 20 yards or longer, USC's quarterbacks compiled a 39.7 completion rate, with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. But his catch percentage (receptions/targets) on those long passes dropped steadily, going from 58.3 (2011) to 40.0 (2012) to 15.8 (2013).