A three-star tight end recruit out of high school, Leggett committed to Clemson over offers from Louisville, South Florida and UCF. He was a back-up true freshman tight end in 2013 and posted 12 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Leggett started seven games as a sophomore and finished with 14 catches for 161 yards and one score. He saw his role expand as a junior in 2015 and led the team with eight touchdowns on 40 catches for 525 yards, earning First Team All-ACC honors. Leggett had his most productive season as a senior in 2016 with 46 receptions for 736 yards and seven scores over 15 starts, earning First Team All-ACC and All-American honors. He accepted his invitation to the 2017 Senior Bowl.
A two-year starter at Clemson, Leggett developed into one of college football's most productive tight ends the past two seasons, becoming the first two-time finalist for the Mackey Award in school history - owns almost every Clemson tight end receiving record. He is a smooth athlete with the body control and improved route running to create passing windows for his quarterback, flashing the hand skills to make tough grabs. While a budding receiving threat, Leggett has a low ceiling as a blocker due to his limited power, hip snap and passion and needs to better focus on the details of the position. A poor man's version of Jordan Reed, Leggett can carve out a NFL role as a pass-catcher, but must improve his consistency and commitment.
STRENGTHS: Worked hard to develop his body and add muscle mass ... accelerates well for his size as a route runner ... smooth adjustment skills, relaxed hands and quick reflexes to snare throws away from his body ... understands route depth and catches defenders leaning ... good-sized athlete with the balance to break arm tackles and keep his feet ... quick to put the ball away and run, picking up his blockers and anticipating open lanes ... fights for yardage and finishes, not making it easy on tacklers ... not an overwhelming blocker, but can hold up in pass protection, using his length and wide base to shield and shuffle, keeping defenders busy ... graduated with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management (Dec. 2016) ... reliable production the past two seasons as one of the top targets on the Clemson offense, performing very well in clutch situations - go-to target on fourth quarter drives.
WEAKNESSES: Lean-muscled frame and lacks ideal functional strength ... rounds off routes and lacks nuance in/out of his breaks ... allows defenders to dictate his path and needs to be more forceful in his patterns to at least sell illegal contact to the officials ... allows the ball into his body at times and not as comfortable with a defender on his hip ... inconsistent blocking effort and doesn't show the same anger or aggression on each snap ... doesn't properly use body angles at the point of attack and struggles to create movement in the run game ... work habits have been questioned in the past and the Clemson coaching staff had to push him to further his development.