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Jordan Leggett, TE: The best all around TE in the draft

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Jordan Leggett, TE
School: Clemson | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 258 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd or 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Travis Kelce

College Statistics

Player Overview

It's no secret that year’s draft class is loaded at the TE position. The consensus top two at the position are usually O.J. Howard and David Njoku. Those two players are very talented and have a ton of potential. Howard has a lot of untapped/unused talent and Njoku is the draft's most athletic TE. If I wanted a sure thing at the position though I would pass on both of those players and go for Jordan Leggett. Leggett has the best of both worlds. He has consistent production over the two years he started at Clemson and is a dual threat at the TE position. Leggett can stretch the field, expose a zone in the middle, run short routes, block, and can play from the three-point stance, as an h-back, in the slot, and split out wide. Potential and flashy acrobatics aside Leggett may be the best overall TE in the draft.

Strengths

  • Versatile player. He ran a variety of routes at Clemson and can line up anywhere on the field and be a threat. Was a go-to option when the QB needed a savior or when a big play needed to be made. Moves the chains and is a legit red zone threat and outstanding in the seam.
  • Excellent size and build for the position. Has the frame and mass to be effective as a blocker. Uses his size to his advantage to box out defenders and is a mismatch for linebackers and some safeties due to his athleticism.
  • Reliable hands and pretty much catches everything, he only had two drops the last two seasons.
  • Willing and able blocker than can sustain blocks with some efficiency. Allowed a lot of touch yards to be gained by his RB and QB.
  • Is looking for the block or ready to go to a scramble drill when the play breaks down.

Weaknesses

  • Route running can get sloppy if he is harassed and disturbed. Needs to learn how to recover better when bumped.
  • Functional strength could be better. It would allow him to be a better blocker and help out with weakness one.
  • Questions about his motor, passion, and effort. I did not see any issue with any of this while watching the tape provided here or other Clemson games last year. Not sure where it comes from.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

With the resigning of veteran Vernon Davis, the Redskins are likely done at the TE position. It's a real shame. No disrespect to any TE on the roster but the position could use a durable, young, and versatile upgrade like Leggett when looking toward the future. Quality TE’s could last until the 3rd or 4th rounds in this draft and the Redskins would be wise to add one as the position group is rarely this deep. Leggett would be a fine addition in my opinion and quite frankly, I think he could start right away on a lot of teams. In addition to being able to line up anywhere on the field which should have Jay Gruden licking his chops, all Leggett does is catch the ball, moves the chains, and help spring blocks. Regardless of my unsubstantiated suspicions that the team may not be looking to add to the position, Leggett is drawing plenty of interest. Several AFC teams have expressed heavy interest in him and he is currently being linked to the Patriots, Bills, Steelers, and Bengals.