The New York Jets selected Jordan Leggett with the 150th overall pick in the 5th round. This draft’s tight end class is strong and the Jets needed to leave with at least one and they finally selected one.
The Positives: Leggett is big bodied tight end at 6’5″ and 258 lbs. He matches his size with good hands and good route running and good production in college (46 catches for 736 yards and 7 TD’s last season). Everyone remembers his catch in the National Championship on the game-winning drive. That was a good example of what he can potentially bring to the table at his best.
The Negatives: Leggett isn’t that great of an athlete. He’s not as agile and dynamic as some of the tight ends that were taken earlier in this year’s draft. Leggett also isn’t a great blocker and he wasn’t depended to do too much of it at Clemson either. His size means he could improve in that area but it will take work.
Overall: The Jets needed a tight end and got one. They passed up on some great talent before this pick to add two wide receivers to an already crowded group. But it’s important to note we have no idea what John Morton’s offense will look like next season and what he thinks of the current roster on offense. We do know now, though, that the Jets won’t completely ignore the tight end position like last season.