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Xavier Legette: The Next DK Metcalf

Jeff Blake | USA Today

In the words of legendary Chicago Bulls announcer Stacy King, “Big Time Players Make Big Time Plays!” Xavier Legette makes BIG. TIME. PLAYS. Legette’s elite speed coupled with his above average strength means that he can make the impossible look mundane. His ball skills (pause) rival that of the top prospects in the class and his separation deep down the field means the “big play” is always in play. Xavier Legette is a MONSTER waiting to be unleashed and Andy Reid is the perfect coach to do that.

Let’s look at how Xavier Legette fits into the Chiefs offense and how his skillset fits perfectly into the “Metcalf/Deebo” role

W.O.W.

“W.O.W.” both perfectly describes my reaction when watching his tape, and how incredible he is at catching the ball. Let me explain.

Xavier Legette is one of my favorite prospects because of his ability to win at the catch point with or without (W.O.W.) his physical attributes. Don’t misunderstand, his physical gifts are one of the biggest reasons I’m high on him, but his ability to track and catch deep, contested throws is what sets him apart. Check out this play against the Florida Gators:

DK’s… excuse me… Legette’s ball tracking and contested catch ability are what makes him a lethal deep threat. The physicality and 4.3 speed are just icing on the cake.

Always Dangerous

From the moment XL steps on the field, defenses start to tighten up. “Find 17” is the motto and focus of every team leading up to the game. Legette can score from ANYWHERE on the field. He has deceptive speed and agility for his size (like someone else I’ve mentioned) and is physical enough to absorb hits and continue moving forward. Check out this play:

Just a shallow crossing route against cover 1 man turns into 77 yard gain. Reid wants to run crossers to beat man. He’s perfect for that role. Nagy see’s the Broncos running cover 3 and wants to attack the seam? Let Legette bully some poor 5’11” 185lb CB from the slot. Anytime Legette get’s the ball thrown his way, it’s not a bad decision.

DK Comparison

It’s no secret the Chiefs missed out on DK in 2019 when they elected to draft Georgia Bulldog, Mecole Hardman. That cannot be the case again. I believe that his skillset, combined with KC’s need at the position (and more importantly the role), increases the likelihood that he’ll be drafted by KC in April. If KC can get their hands on Legette in the late 1st or early 2nd round, their recent WR problems could be solved for the foreseeable future.

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