2017 NFL Draft
Prospect: Jordan Leggett
Prospect: Jordan Leggett
Ht: 6'5" Wt: 260
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The 2017 draft class might produce the most talented group of tight ends we have seen in a long time. While Jordan Leggett belongs in that group, it may hurt his stock to have more complete prospects like O.J. Howard and Jake Butt, or more versatile ones like Evan Engram and the emerging Cole Hikutini in this group. Unlike these players, Leggett is very raw as a tight end. The system at Clemson has primarily used him as a receiver split out. He also occasionally lined up in the backfield but was seldom used as a true blocker. He will be a project for any team who feels they can make the most of his overwhelming size and underrated athleticism.
Leggett's size is his biggest weapon. He is tough to matchup against in coverage. Defensive backs just aren't big enough to defend him once he gets into his route. He has a big frame that could even add more bulk if he wanted. He also has long arms giving him a massive catch-radius that quarterbacks will love on crucial downs. He also routinely extends his hands to the ball which maximizes his catch-radius. Too many times bigger players don't make the most of their size because they aren't comfortable catching the ball away from their frame with their hands. In time, Leggett could also learn to use his reach and size to become an effective blocker. He has the build for it but lacks the experience.
Leggett also has the athleticism to get up the seam and make plays down the field. Unfortunately, that is the only route I believe he is ready to run at the next level. He doesn't have a lot of experience running many routes that ask him to change direction, and he plays too high in his routes. He has to play with a lower center of gravity that way he can explode out of his breaks better. He is never going to separate like a receiver but with his size, all he needs to do is get a little distance from defenders and his big body can wall them off.
As I mentioned earlier, his blocking needs a lot of work. He has all the tools, but someone is going to have to put the hours in with him. Too many times I see him just throw a shoulder into players which is a shame with his size and reach. A solid punch at his size and most defenders will struggle to get their hands on him. From there, he needs to add some bulk to his lower half so he can drive players. Playing with a lower center of gravity will help him in this aspect as well considering blocking ultimately relies on leverage.
Overall, I see a starting NFL tight end in Leggett. He just needs a lot of coaching to get him acclimated to the NFL game. He is regarded as a hard-working player with good character, and while he does have a history of knee injuries, there isn't a ton of baggage. He should start his career as a second or third tight end who plays in passing situations with the chance to be a full-time starter before his rookie contract expires.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Levine Toilolo (Atlanta Falcons) or Jace Amaro (Tennessee Titans)
- Terrific size with room to add more bulk
- Long Arms make for large catch radius
- Extends hands to the ball
- Underrated athlete
- Doesn't have a lot of experience running routes
- Has even less experience as a blocker
- Must play with a lower center of gravity
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