Exclusive Interview with Clemson TE Jordan Leggett
Just before the Clemson pro day occurs tomorrow, I had the opportunity to speak with their starting TE Jordan Leggett. Having won the National Championship this season, the Clemson pro day is sure to attract a large crowd as they possess a number of impressive prospects. Plenty eyes will be on Leggett, who will be running the 40 yard dash for the first time after not doing so at the combine. In this exclusive interview, we discuss a strange encounter that Leggett was faced with at the combine, his fit at the next level, and much more. Some video analysis is also included. Enjoy.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Jordan.
Leggett: Oh yeah, no doubt sir.
With the combine now behind us, I imagine that’s an event you looked forward to for months, maybe even years. How would you summarize your experience, and your overall performance?
Leggett: It was a great experience. Growing up, wanting to be an NFL athlete, you watch the combine and you envision yourself on that stage. To finally be there, it was a great experience for me. To have the opportunity to go to the combine and compete with some of the best athletes in the world, it was an amazing experience. I made some new friends and it was pretty cool because we’re all going through the same thing right now. Other than that, it was probably the most stressful four days of my life [laughs]. I just tried to make the most of the opportunity.
As far as my performance in the drills, I thought I did pretty well for the most part. I did everything but run the 40 which I will be doing at my pro day. Other that that, I feel like I did pretty good with everything that they threw at me.
I was going to mention that your pro day is scheduled for this Thursday [March 16th]. Is there anything you’re hoping to improve on from your combine results?
Leggett: I’m looking forward to getting out there and running a solid 40 yard dash. I feel like my draft slot may depend on what I run in the 40. Other than that, I might try and re-do my broad jump. I feel like I could do a little bit better on that. Other than that, I’m pretty happy with all my other results from the combine.
How do you prefer for an NFL offense to use you? Do you see yourself as an in-line blocker, or a move-type TE? You played a lot of H-back at Clemson.
Leggett: I think of myself as one of the few complete tight ends in this draft that can do it all and be in there for all four downs. It really doesn’t matter where they want to use me. Like you said, I played all over the place in college. I played every position that a tight end can play. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter where they want to use me. I’m just gonna’ try and make the most out of every play.
Even when he’s lined up at H-back, you can’t lose sight of where Leggett is on the field, or he’ll make you pay.
He’s also a threat over the middle, and has the ability to pick up chunks of yardage after the catch.
No big deal, but you’re entering the NFL with your final game at the collegiate level being a National Championship win over Alabama.
Leggett: No big deal, right? [laughs]
How does that motivate you going into your rookie season?
Leggett: Playing for a National Championship twice and having the opportunity to win one, it just put an exclamation mark at the end of my college career. Going forward, I feel like I’ve already played with, and against some of the best athletes at the collegiate level. I’m not gonna’ say that I’m ready to go against guys like Khalil Mack, but I think that going up against schools like Alabama has definitely battle tested me for the next level so to speak.
Does it alter your expectations at all? Is it Super Bowl or bust as a rookie? [laughs]
Leggett: I’m entering the next level feeling very humble. First things first, I’m just trying to make an NFL roster. I want to get back on the field no matter how they plan to use me. The first objective is to make the team and then to get on the field.
We always hear reports regarding some strange questions being asked to a prospect at the combine. Did you have any weird questions that made you uncomfortable?
Leggett: I was asked how long I could go without blinking. That was probably the strangest one. I did it like twice, and he asked me if I wanted to try a third time. I said no, I’m good, that was probably the best that I could do. He then he asked me why didn’t I want to try it again. I thought that was a really weird question. We then went forward with the interview, and he then asked me to count off numbers while doing the alphabet, so like A1, B2, all the way through Z. After I got done with that, he asked me to do it again. This time, I said sure why not, and then he said never mind, I want to move onto something else. I thought that was pretty strange as well. I felt like he just wanted to see if I was willing to do it again. That was probably the weirdest dude I’ve ever met [laughs]. He made it really awkward. The whole interview was just weird. I guess that’s just what you gotta’ do.
That is downright strange. Regarding your time at Clemson, who would you say was the toughest safety or linebacker you went up against?
Leggett: I would say that the toughest linebacker I ever went up against was Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame. That was in my junior year. He was probably the most freakish athlete I’ve ever faced. As for the toughest safety, I’d probably say the kid from Ohio State, Malik Hooker. He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen.
Two excellent players. You had a bunch of phenomenal teammates while at Clemson. If you had to pick one to go to war with, who would you pick?
Leggett: I’d probably have to pick Ben Boulware. I was thinking about going with Deshaun [Watson] when you asked about my teammates, but if we’re talking about going to war, I’d probably pick Ben because Ben is just a savage. He doesn’t care about what anybody thinks. Ben honestly just does his own thing [laughs]. That’s probably who I would choose.
Ben definitely looks like a field general out there.
Leggett: Yes, very much so [laughs]
I think I’ve taken up enough of your time Jordan. In closing, why should an NFL team invest a draft pick into Jordan Leggett?
Leggett: I think that my film speaks for itself. If you watched me play in college, you know that I’m making a big impact on the field, and not just in the passing game, but in the running game as well, making a block for Deshaun [Watson] or Wayne [Gallman]. Put on my game film and you’ll see me do it all, everything that you could possibly ask of me. Whenever we get down to the red zone, you have to look for me and defenses have to account for where I am on the field. I’m a big threat down there in the red zone. No matter who I’m going up against, I’m a tough match-up or assignment for the defense.
Speaking of Leggett in the red zone, the tape confirms that he’s a tough assignment down there.
Here, Leggett does a good job in pass protection, sustaining this block long enough to allow Watson the time it takes to throw this deep touchdown.