Leggett picked by Jets in the 5th round of 2017 NFL Draft

Leggett picked by Jets in the 5th round of 2017 NFL Draft

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Leggett picked by Jets in the 5th round of 2017 NFL Draft

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett was selected No. 150 by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Leggett was the sixth former Tiger taken in the 2017 draft, joining wide receiver Mike Williams and quarterback Deshaun Watson. Williams was taken No. 7 overall by the L.A. Chargers on Thursday, while Watson was selected at No. 12 by the Houston Texans.

Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was picked 97th in the third round of the draft on Friday by the Miami Dolphins.

Three Tigers have been taken on Saturday. Running back Wayne Gallman went No. 140 in the fourth round to the New York Giants. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was picked at No. 142 to the Houston Texans in the fourth round as well, and then of course Leggett in the fifth round to the Jets.

From a statistical standpoint, Leggett is perhaps the best tight end in Clemson history. This past year, he was a finalist for the Mackey Award and an All-American for a second straight year. He joined former Pittsburgh Steelers great Bennie Cunningham as the only Clemson tight ends to be named All-Americans in back-to-back years. Cunningham did it in 1974 and 1975.

In 2016, Leggett hauled in 46 passes for a single-season record 736 yards by a tight end. He also scored seven touchdowns and averaged 16.0 yards per catch. In 2015, Leggett had 40 receptions for 525 yards and eight touchdowns.

Leggett’s two best games came against his home-state team Florida State. He had 106 receiving yards against the Seminoles in 2015 and then last year, he hauled in five passes for a Clemson-record 122 yards for a tight end, including the winning catch.

The Florida native also hauled in an incredible 17-yard reception on the game-winning drive for the Tigers in their national championship win against Alabama this past January.

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