Scouting the NFL Draft: Jordan Leggett

The Clemson standout would give Eli Manning another explosive receiving target.

Eli Manning seems to always have star receivers to throw to: Plaxico BurressVictor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. and now Brandon Marshall. But, has he had a star tight end?

 One guy who has the potential to be Manning’s right hand man is Jordan Leggett.

 Leggett blocked NFL stars like Vic Beasley during his time at Clemson. Now the tight end is looking for the opportunity to compete against these guys once again.

 During his final two years at Clemson, Leggett recorded a combined total of 1,261 yards on 86 receptions and 15 touchdowns. This production on the field earned Leggett first-team all-ACC and an invitation to the NFL Combine.

 Leggett impressed at the Combine, completing his 20-yard shuttle in a swift 4.3 seconds. Leggett opted out of running the 40-yard dash until his Pro Day, which he then ran a 4.7.

 At 6’ 5”, 258 pounds, scouts like Leggett’s ability as a blocker and his flexibility to become a receiver. His size and speed is perfect for his position. However, his aggressiveness and passion for the game as a whole has come into question. At Clemson, he was given the nickname ‘Lazy Leggett’.

 The former Clemson Tiger is projected to be a late third-early fourth round pick in the draft on April 27.

 Manning needs a tight end, period. The offense line needs help, but adding a tight end who can help ease the pressure off and be able to produce third down conversions is the way to go.

 With Beckham and Marshall on the outside distracting Josh Norman, a reliable tight end in the middle can find holes and create plays. Leggett has the ability to do that for New York.

 The Giants currently hold the No. 23 pick in the 3rd round and the No. 34 pick in the 4th round of the upcoming draft. If he is still around, Leggett should be swept up by Jerry Reese.

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