6. Xavier Legette - South Carolina
- Measurables: 6-foot-3 and 227 pounds
- 2022 stats: 18 receptions, 167 yards, 3 touchdowns (that's not a typo)
- 2023 stats (6 games): 37 receptions, 716 yards, 3 touchdowns
You simply can't draft a fifth-year senior who did very little until his final year in the first round of the NFL draft, right? Well, you might if it's Xavier Legette this season. Legette is a physically dominant outside receiver with freakish long speed if he gets any daylight. In fact, at one point this season he was clocked at the highest top speed in all of football at that time (including college and the NFL). Look at him accelerate away from SEC defenders in the clip below.
So you might be thinking that this is just some straight-line runner that you have to scheme up ways to get the ball in his hands. That's not the case though. Look at his ability to track this deep ball and then go up and highpoint the catch in the clip below.
Earlier this month Legette had the most targets in college football without a drop with 38. He has good hands, is good in contested catches, blocks like a monster, runs good routes for a receiver his size, and has breakaway speed that will carry over to the NFL. I get that the 5th year breakout is scary, but the tools here are really impressive and worth a look for the Chiefs at the back end of the first round.
Finally, my last guy is someone that is consistently mocked in the first round, but may be more of a second round talent.