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2024 NFL Draft Player Profile: South Carolina WR Xavier Legette

We are excited about our draft coverage here at FFSN this year, as we are adding something new to the fold. Between now and the NFL Draft, I will be writing individual player profiles on many of this year’s top prospects. Today, we continue the series with South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette.

Each of these breakdowns will include a brief background on the player, an in-depth scouting report, and a projection as to where he is likely to be selected in the NFL Draft. All of these articles can be found on our main FFSN NFL feed. Be sure to share these breakdowns with your fellow draft buddies on social media!

Film Room Breakdown

Bio and Profile

Height: 6’1″
Weight: 223 lbs

Entering college listed as simply an “athlete,” Legette was a multi-sport athlete in high school whose primary position in football was a run-first quarterback. He set a strong standard his freshman year in the area of academics, making the First-Year Honor Roll for the 2019-2020 schoolyear and also making the honor roll in the fall semester of 2020. His collegiate career was a rare one for someone with his profile, as he was truly a one-year wonder. Legette burst onto the scene with Spencer Rattler in full control of the offense in 2023, emerging as the top receiving option with 1,255 receiving yards and averaging 17.7 yards per reception. Despite only one year of true production, he heads into the draft as an almost definite top-50 selection and potentially a late first-round pick.

Scouting Report

Legette reminds me a lot of A.J. Brown in that he is a thickly-built receiver who finds a way to either get open or make a contested catch on a consistent basis. For a 225-pound receiver, Legette possesses acceptable change-of-direction skills and route-running ability, although that is definitely not the hallmark of his game. With impressive physicality at the point of attack and the speed to burn defenders deep, Legette is nearly impossible for a corner to cover without safety help over the top. If you let him get the inside track on a route, good luck defending the pass, as he does a wonderful job using his body to shield defenders away from the ball and make tough catches over the middle of the field. His strong hands also assist in that area.

An underrated trait about Legette’s game is his ability to make a difference in the run game as a blocker. Legette isn’t afraid to do the dirty work for the benefit of his team, as he is a true team-first guy. His release off the line is not elite, and he occasionally makes his cuts in the route just a shade prematurely, but if he allows the game to slow down to him, he has incredible potential on the perimeter. He may never have versatility or elite route-running skills, but his explosiveness, both as a receiver and as a return man, make him a viable option for teams in the back end of Round 1.

Draft Projection

In a receiver class this deep, I could see Legette falling outside Round 1, but it is not because of his doing. I will almost definitely have a first-round grade on Legette when all is said and done, but there will be a receiver we do not expect to fall that is still available on Day 2, because only so many teams are going to prioritize it in Round 1. His best fit is as a boundary receiver who can use his physicality to win across the middle of the field and his speed to win vertically. He deserves to be a top-40 selection, but in a class this rich with wide receiver talent, he could fall as far as the end of the second round.


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