Finding Broncos: Scouting Clemson Tight End Jordan Leggett

Jordan Leggett helped Clemson appear in back-to-back National Title Games, winning one. Where does he fit in the NFL Draft and does he make sense for Denver? Erick Trickel scouts.

Jordan Leggett, Tight End, Clemson Tigers

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 258 pounds

Arms: 33-½ inches

Hands 10-3/8 inches

Combine Results 

Bench Press (225 lbs): 18 reps

Vertical Jump: 33 inches

Broad Jump: 114 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.12 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds

60-Yard Shuttle: 12.06 seconds

Pro Day Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.76 seconds






Year Receptions Yards TD
2013 12 176 2
2014 14 161 1
2015 40 525 8
2016 46 736 7


Has the size for the position. Versatile with experience of use in multiple ways. Has natural hands. Rare for him to drop passes with two in two seasons. Good foot quickness.

Works the seam extremely well. Willing to drop and dive for passes low and/or away. Natural feel for finding throws. Can block, when he chooses to do so. Shows up on the big stage.


He has called himself lazy. Seems to lack passion for the game. Doesn’t always show up to games. Jogs off the snap to start his routes. Rarely goes as a blocker.

Stiff in his routes and isn’t fluid at all. Small catch radius. Can’t contort his body for more difficult catches. Doesn’t always secure the football after the catch. Lacks a lot of fundamentals as a blocker and as a receiver. Gives up on run plays when asked to be the lead blocker.



Jordan Leggett has a lot of work ahead of him for the NFL level. While he has the ability to help as a receiver right away, it is in a limited role. The fundamentals and nuances for receiving tight ends are something he has to learn to be used in anything more than a limited role.

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Additionally, coaches will have their work cut out for them to mold him into a consistent blocker. With questions about his desire and passion for the game, however, he may never want to be more than what he is.

Fit With The Broncos 

Leggett reminds me very much of a former Denver Broncos tight end in Julius Thomas. Lacks passion? Check. Bad blocker? Check. Needs work as a receiver? Check. Seam controller to start? Check. The similarities go on and on.

While Thomas was successful in Denver, when healthy, they really shouldn’t take someone so similar, especially when this is a deep class with many other options at tight end.

Draft Grade: Round 6

Where He Goes: Round 4, Round 5

Insider's Take: Per sources, a scout I talked to told me that when he met with Leggett, it was very clear from his demeanor he had little interest in football. Then when they hit the white board, he didn’t seem to care enough about breaking things down.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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