With their first of two fifth round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets went offense for the third consecutive round, selecting Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett.
Leggett, a two-time Mackey Award finalist, is Clemson’s all-time leader in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns for all tight ends. In his senior year, he set a career-high with 641 receiving yards and also scored seven touchdowns.
He has the size and speed to be a talented pass-catching tight end in the NFL, as the 6-foot-5 tight end ran a 4.76-second 40-yard dash at Clemson’s pro day.
He is also a talented pass catcher, as he was one of three Power-5 players targeted at least 70 times last year without a drop, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Additionally, Leggett is a versatile prospect, who saw time both in the slot and as a flanker wide-out with Clemson.
However, he does not come without some warning signs, as many Day 3 prospects do. Leggett has described himself as “lazy” in the past, but said that “when it comes to game time, I know how to flip the switch…”
He also has struggled as a blocker and could be utilized as more of a pass catcher early in his career.
Leggett will likely have an opportunity to compete with Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a starting role, as the Jets look to revamp a tight end position that has barely produced over the past few seasons.