David Njoku NFL Draft Profile
David Njoku-TE-Miami (FL)
Size: 6’4 245lbs
- Solid blocker
Analysis: David Njoku is an elite athlete who can stretch the field. On tape, he can stick a foot in the ground and break in either direction at a 90-degree angle in shorter routes. Tremendous acceleration out of breaks to separate and widen the window for quarterbacks. Opens the throttle in open field. When he catches it on the move, the YAC yards can become an avalanche. Was 7 foot high-jumper in high school and can go up and over most everyone he faces. He is willing to compete as a blocker. Can push defensive backs around from slot. Gets early arm extension into defender and looks to create some turn. Shows lateral blocking ability for zone scheme.
- Focus drops
- Defined route running
Analysis: Njoku is still raw at the position. He needs to add to his play strength to handle in-line blocking as a pro. He struggled badly to stay in front of Pitt powerhouse Ejuan Price. Hands too high and wide at point of attack. Inconsistent hands over two years at Miami. Focus drops were a problem. Had eight drops over last two seasons for drop rate over 11 percent. Speed allows him to uncover on downfield routes and hasn’t had to learn nuances of setting up defenders with route work. Once he gets his route tree perfected he will be a dangerous weapon in an NFL passing attack.
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen
Draft Projection: Round 2
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