Jordan Leggett 2017 NFL Draft Profile

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 29: Jordan Leggett #16 of the Clemson Tigers scores a touchdown during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Overview
Position: Tight End
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 250 pounds
School: Clemson Tigers

Jordan Leggett 2017 NFL Draft Profile

Jordan Leggett will draw many different opinions over the draft process depending on which games you watched. He showed up with big catches in the most important games, but consistency has been the issue for Leggett in his college career.

Leggett signed on to Clemson from his high school in Navarre, Florida. He was a three-star recruit and was the 13th ranked tight end in the country. Leggett played sparingly in his first two seasons at Clemson. Combined, he recorded 26 receptions, 137 yards, and three touchdowns. It was not until his junior year when DeShaun Watson was named the Clemson starting quarterback when he burst onto the scene.

That season, he had 40 receptions for 525 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. Leggett shot into the elite tight end discussion and was a Mackey Award finalist, given to the top player at the position in the country. He finished his junior season with an impressive display on the national stage, catching five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the team’s national title game loss to Alabama.

The strong junior year only paved the way for Leggett to have an even more impressive senior season. That season featured 46 receptions, 736 yards, and 16 yards per catch, all career highs. He added seven touchdowns as Clemson rode back into the National Championship. In part two against Alabama, Leggett shined once again with seven receptions for 95 yards in Clemson’s upset win. Leggett was once again a Mackey Award finalist and was named to the All-ACC team.

Strengths

  • Ideal tight end size.
  • Shifty with the ball in his hands and able to create yards after the catch.
  • Strong catch radius.
  • Reliable hands.
  • Has lined up wide, in the slot, inline, and as an H-back.
  • Rose to the occasion for big games.

Weaknesses

  • Disappointing blocker for his size.
  • Described himself as a lazy blocker and it shows.
  • Not a precise route runner, cannot create his own separation.
  • Fades away at times, seven games in the past two seasons with just one reception.
  • Very inconsistent.

NFL Comparison: Ladarius Green

Teams with needs at position: Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets

Projection: fourth round

Bottom Line

Leggett reminds you of Green in the way that you are always left wanting more. He has the size to be a red-zone threat, and the ability to create with the ball in his hands but it never shows consistently. You can talk yourself into him being a strong asset in the NFL, but at some point, it has to show.

Seeing him get blown off of the ball at times, and at others not even trying to help block speaks to the strong inconsistencies in his game. The fact that he acknowledged that he is a lazy blocker does not necessarily help his case. He will have to show a willingness to refine his game, and become more of a complete asset to be effective in the NFL. Still, his physical traits, as well as his ability to shine in that national spotlight will spark someone’s interest. The inconsistencies will just knock him into the middle rounds.

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