What to expect from Jordan Leggett in 2017
By Samuel Sutton
The New York Jets needed a tight end going into 2017, and they seemingly did a good job of meeting it in the NFL Draft. But can Jordan Leggett live up to the hype?
Former Clemson and current New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett was a star in college. In four years, he tallied up 1,598 receiving and 18 touchdowns on 112 receptions. He also went to two National Championships, winning one of them last season.
While this all looks promising, it’s true that college talent doesn’t always translate into the NFL. So, the question still remains; can this Clemson Tiger become a star in the NFL?
Yes, he can. Leggett has great size to be a tight end, he’s confident in his talents and he’s pretty versatile. In fact, he played a little bit of wide receiver in high school.
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Another positive is his production. Year after year, Leggett had more catches, more yards and, before his senior year, more touchdowns. Also, in his last two years, he only had two drops.
While the starting tight end hasn’t been decided yet, Leggett can definitely earn that role in his first year. The Jets don’t really have a solid tight end on their roster, so earning that position could be very possible.
Overall, Leggett has a great opportunity to become a premier tight end in this league. He’s got the talent, he’s got the size, and he’s got the coaching.
In fact, new offensive coordinator John Morton tends to run a tight end friendly offense, which could really help Leggett. Lastly, he’s got a mentor. While Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been in the league that long, he’s still seen some of the ins and outs. If he is willing to help, then Leggett could be able to develop pretty quickly. Leggett was a steal for the Jets in this year’s draft and will put on a show in his rookie year this upcoming season.