David Njoku is the latest in a long line of impressive Miami Hurricane tight ends.
School: Miami (FL) Ht: 6-4 Wt: 245
Njoku is an elite athlete; one of the best natural athletes in the entire 2017 draft class. Definitely passes the eye-test, with defined muscle structure, long limbs and proportioned physique. Njoku casts a wide net with his catch radius and was a 7-foot high-jumper in high school. Has speed to exploit the seam of the defense and become a legit game-breaker, as his YAC ability is as dangerous as it gets from a tight end. Can run away from defensive backs once in the open field. He is a fluid route runner and explosive out of his breaks. Catches the ball cleanly and consistently with his hands. His long arms and big hands allow him to snatch the ball out of the air, away from his body. When lined up in the slot, he is a matchup nightmare, able to our-muscle defensive backs and out-athlete linebackers.
His inexperience shows up regularly. Njoku is a nuisance as a blocker, but far from polished…and oftentimes not effective He could stand to add strength and bulk to become a more well-rounded tight end. He has the frame to pack on another 10 pounds without impacting his movement skills. Gets pushed around by bigger, stronger defensive ends as a blocker. His blocking technique is also a work in progress, often catching defenders instead of shooting his hands. Has a tendency to stop his feet upon contact as a blocker. Suffered a few concentration drops on easily catchable balls.
Supremely athletic tight ends, such as Njoku, are always in high demand. He has all the natural tools teams covet and can be used as a chess piece all over the field. With only nine starts in his collegiate career, Njoku is definitely an unfinished project. He will likely tear up the combine and boost his draft stock even more. If he takes well to NFL coaching, Njoku has the potential to evolve into one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the league.
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