The real thing. A prototypical tight end. Gang Green drafted Jordan Leggett in the fifth round and a vacancy was then filled. At 6’6″ 260 lbs, Leggett fits the bill for a position the Jets will likely want to feature going forward.
Reality: The tight end position has been one of criticism for the Jets. Fans have been clamoring for a real deal pass catching threat on the inside. Dustin Keller was good, not great but also more of a move tight end/ big wide receiver type. Jace Amaro just never worked out. The team added Austin Seferian-Jenkins via waivers last year – he may prove to be a good pick up after completing a two game suspension to start the season.
What he brings to the Jets: Leggett was the real deal in his junior and senior seasons at Clemson. He was first team All-ACC in 2015 & 2016. In that two year span he caught 86 passes for 1261 yards and 15 touchdowns. Early in his college career he was donned with the nickname ‘Lazy Leggett.’ Given the way he finished his college career and the other players the Jets drafted, it might be safe to say he pulled a 180 on any potential laziness.
Utility: In John Morton’s offense, Leggett has an early opportunity to make a name for himself. With ASJ riding the pine for two weeks, Leggett can grab the starting job. He will draw single coverage early on as opposing teams will likely try to take away Quincy Enunwa and Robbie Anderson. At Clemson he lined up in multiple spots including, in-line, the wing and slot. That could lead to some favorable match-ups. Additionally, if he proves to be a problem for defenses, he will open up receiving opportunities for Bilal Powell and Matt Forte.
Film: Virginia Tech, Florida State, Alabama
- Has big play ability in open space. Adequate speed to breakaway. Runs with purpose and finishes.
- Aggressive in the seam. Boxes out defenders with imposing frame.
- Good body control to adjust to the ball in flight. Can make the circus catch.
- Average blocker. Not particularly aggressive and more inclined to chip with a shoulder or forearm. Needs to learn technique.
Leggett is a good addition in the fifth round. Early expectations should be tempered though. Tight ends often have the highest learning curve short of quarterbacks in their rookie season. He could flash in certain games. By his third year, Leggett could be a real force if he continues to grow.