TE David Njoku, Miami (FL)

6’4” – 246 lbs. – 4.64

Started just nine games at the college level over the past two seasons, then decided to forego his final two seasons of eligibility in order to declare for the draft; although he didn’t have a regular starting role, his receiving production last season was commensurate with a starter. Has solid height and outstanding length, which arms which measured 35.25” at the Combine to go along with 10” hands. Looks like he could add more weight to his frame depending on what role teams envision for him. Predominantly a receiving option, although he had regular blocking duties at the college level as well. Lines up as an inline tight end often, with some snaps as an H-Back and from the slot as well; runs a lot of intermediate/vertical routes. The team often tried to get him the ball with space to run, whether on short outs, tunnel screens, and other patterns of that variety. Fast enough to threaten defenses down the seam and should be a difficult matchup for opposing linebackers and defensive backs. Able to get separation against man coverage, either during his routes or by improvising when the play breaks down. Also projects as a weapon against zone coverages. Does a good job of tracking and adjusting to throws downfield. Is a big target with soft hands, although he made the occasional concentration drop during the games reviewed. Size and length allow him to box out defenders in the red zone. Hard runner after the catch who will lower his shoulder and fight for extra yardage after contact. Capable of navigating tight spaces with the ball and exhibited the ability to shrug off minor hits or leap over defenders. Willing to get pretty physical as a blocker; gets good extension with his arms but is a little bit thin. More competitive than dominant; tends to wall off opponents rather than drive them off the line. Quickness is a potentially significant asset in the blocking game but seems to have some trouble with his positioning and is often left attacking an opponent’s outside shoulder instead of getting between them and the ballcarrier. Ability to sustain his blocks is just average. Retained at times as a pass protector but will also leak out and make himself available as a target. Could potentially help protect the passer at the pro level, but it seems like a waste of his talents as a receiver. The type of tight end that teams covet because of how difficult it is to find a player who can match their size and athleticism; stands a chance to go in the first round.

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