By: Steve Johnson
David Njoku, TE, Miami
6’4″ 246, 35 1/4″ arms, 10″ hands
4.64 40, 37 1/2″ vert, 133″ broad jump
2015: 13 games. 21 rec, 362 yards, and 1 TD.
2016: 13 games. 43 rec, 698 yards, 8 TDs.
History: Parents are from Nigeria, one of nine children. Competed in track and field as a prep, won the national championship in the high jump (6’11”). Played wide receiver in high school.
Strengths: Elite athlete (one of the top performers in both the vertical and broad jump). Very long arms and big hands. Is dangerous with the ball in his hands and is a big play waiting to happen. Comes from tight end U. Willing blocker in a zone blocking scheme. Good change of direction skills (6.97 3 cone drill). Can line him up in the slot, out wide or inside. Good running strength to shake off would be tacklers. Understands how zone coverages work and finds soft spots. Strong hands in the run game and to break away from defenders.
Weaknesses: Inexperienced, has only started 10 games in his career. Could add some bulk to his frame. Will need to get stronger if he’s used as a blocker. Has had some drops and will need to work on it. Needs to work on his route running, setting up defenders.
Overview: An athletic freak that has his best football ahead of him. Njoku is raw, but has the size/speed/strength to be one of the better tight ends to come out over the years.
Draft Projection: 6.4
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 1st Round Pick