During the draft, I wasn't overly fond of Leggett. However my main objection with Leggett was the idea that he was a 2nd round prospect, which is where I saw a lot of people mocking him pre-draft. As John mentioned on the podcast recently, there is a big big difference between a 2nd and a 5th round selection. Which is why NFL.com believes the Jets got great value by selecting the Clemson man.
TE Jordan Leggett, Jets, Round 5 (pick 150): This year's tight end class was loaded with talent. This caused some very talented players to slide in the draft. In a normal draft, Leggett would've been a second- or third-round pick. This year, he fell all the way to the Jets in the fifth round. He has a very similar skill set to former Browns/Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron. He should make an immediate impact for the Jets.
Throughout the process I commented how I liked him as a pass catcher, but that his blocking and effort worried me. Don't forget that early in his Clemson career, he was better known as lazy Leggett. Saying that, if you're going to take a punt on an athletic guy with big upside, the 5th is a round to do it in.
Leggett finished his senior season with 46 receptions for 736 yards and 7 scores, including an impressive 7 catch 95 yard performance against the Crimson Tide in the National Championship game.
Speaking after being drafted by the Jets, Leggett was excited to get going:
"I'm definitely excited, that's one thing I love to do, catch the ball and make plays and help my team out any way possible and I definitely feel as though I can do that with the Jets. Just pose that mismatch, I'm great with the ball in my hand and I'm just excited to go forward and get in the offense"