The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on every player on Clemson’s two-deep depth chart. We will break down what the player does best, what he needs to work on, how he compares to other former players at his position and where he fits on the Clemson roster.
Player name: D.J. Greenlee (6-1, 245)
Player position: tight end
Years left of eligibility: 1 year
Current rank on depth chart: Second
Player productivity so far: Greenlee has been a reserve tight end and member of special teams in each of the last three years. He has appeared in 23 career games during that time.
What player does best: The graduate senior is another athletic tight end, similar to Leggett, who can run fast and runs good routes. He has good hands
What player needs to work on: Greenlee needs to get bigger, something he has been working on since he came to Clemson from Daniel High School four years ago. He has the skill set to be a productive tight end, but needs to be stronger as he will be used a lot in run blocking and short yardage and goal line situations.
Productivity of former Clemson players at the position (first year and last):
Michael Palmer, 2006: Played in all 13 games. He had five catches for 30 yards. He averaged 6.0 yards per catch with a long of 11 yards. He averaged 2.3 yards per game.
Michael Palmer, 2009: He played 13 of the 14 games. He finished second on the team with 43 receptions and was second with 507 yards. His 4 touchdowns were also tied for second on the team. He averaged 11.8 yards per catch with a long of 26 yards. He averaged 39.0 yards per game.
Dwayne Allen, 2009: He played in 14 games. He had 10 catches for 108 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. His longest catch was 17 yards and he averaged 10.8 yards per catch. He also averaged 7.7 yards per game.
Dwayne Allen, 2011: He finished third on the team with 50 receptions and was third with 598 yards. His 8 touchdowns were second on the team. He averaged 12.0 yards per catch with a long of 54 yards. He averaged 42.7 yards per game.
Jordan Leggett, 2013: He played in 10 of the 13 games. He had 12 catches for 176 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. He averaged 14.7 yards per catch with a long of 44 yards. He averaged 17.6 yards per game.
Jordan Leggett, 2016: He played in all 15 games. He finished fourth on the team with 46 receptions, but his 736 yards ranked second. His 7 touchdowns ranked third on the team. He averaged 16.0 yards per catch with a long of 56 yards. He averaged 45.0 yards per game.
What can you hope for? As we said, Greenlee needs to get better in short yardage and goal line situations. With Garrett Williams out with a torn ACL, Greenlee becomes the Tigers’ new H-Back, who almost fits the role of a fullback in Clemson’s offense. You have to hope he can be as productive as Williams has been in this role the last couple of years as the lead-blocker.
What is a realistic expectation? The H-Back position does not catch many passes in the Clemson offense as he is asked to block more than anything. However, with Greenlee’s athleticism, we can see a situation where the coaching staff tries to take advantage of that and maybe sneaks Greenlee out of the backfield for a pass or two to catch defenses off guard and to give them something else to think about.
What about the future? Greenlee has already graduated, and is a redshirt senior, so this will be his last season in a Tiger uniform. It’s a big season for him as he looks towards his pro career once the season is over. If Greenlee can show he can get physical at the point of attack to go along with his athleticism, then he just might have a future at the next level. Obviously, this is a big year for him.
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