Clemson football saw a dip in production this season at the tight end position. Losing Jordan Leggett to the NFL undoubtedly effected this Tigers offense. 3-star Seneca high school product, Braden Galloway will fill that void in the future.
Clemson’s tight ends caught a combined 28 passes in 2017. Former Tiger, Jordan Leggett hauled in nearly double that number during both his junior (40 receptions) and senior (46 receptions) seasons.
The lack of production at tight end this season isn’t a singular problem. Co-offensive coordinator’s, Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott leaned on their experienced offensive line and strong running game this year. As such, Clemson’s production through the air took a hit in general, not just at tight end.
That being said, the Tigers are in-need of fresh blood at the position. Incoming freshman, Braden Galloway might be a more athletic version of Jordan Leggett.
Galloway has some work to do in the weight room, before he steps on the field for Clemson.
At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, he is the pro-type hybrid tight end. We’ve seen in the past what sort of mismatches Leggett was able to create. Galloway undoubtedly has the potential to split out wide in certain packages, similar to Leggett.
Being a former basketball player gives Galloway an advantage in jump ball situations. He naturally understands how to use his body to box out smaller defenders and how to high-point the football like a rebound.
To give you some insight into the type of athlete he is. Galloway was asked to play wide receiver, tight end and quarterback for his high school team. And I don’t mean wildcat quarterback, Galloway has more than impressive arm-strength. You can view his film here.
Galloway has gobs potential, but, he is still a developmental prospect. I don’t foresee him making an immediate impact next season. With time in the weight room and digesting the playbook, Galloway should emerge as a special weapon for this Tigers offense down the road.