University of Miami
Tight End #86
RS Sophomore 6’4″ 245
- Top level athlete for a tight end
- Excellent run after the catch ability
- Can line up all over the formation
- Can stretch the field vertically and also work the middle of the field
- Very willing blocker and will get better with more repetition
- Needs to bulk up especially in his upper body
David Njoku was rated a 3-star recruit coming out of Cedar Grove High School in New Jersey. He chose to sign with Miami and was redshirted for the 2014 season. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Njoku played in all 13 games including four starts and showed big time play making ability averaging over 17 yards per reception.
Njoku began the his sophomore season with high expectations and once again showed that he was a game breaking player at the tight end position. He gained close to 700 yards receiving and also hauled in eight touchdowns. He had a tremendous game against Duke in which he gained 134 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns, on only two receptions. The sophomore capped of the season by catching a touchdown reception in the teams Bowl game against West Virginia. After that game, Njoku declared himself eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft.
On the field, Njoku has displayed top level talent at the tight end position. He accelerates quickly out of his breaks and is able to gain separation from defenders. He can line up as your traditional inline tight end or in the slot as a move tight end. Njoku is a mismatch when being covered by either linebackers or by defensive backs. One of Njoku’s best attributes is his tremendous athleticism. He is excellent after the catch and can make defenders miss in the open field. He can also do things like this:
Njoku is a good route runner for a player who is fairly inexperienced. He works the middle of the field and also outside the hashes equally as well. He is at his best when working the seam of a defense. The video below highlights this and also shows a willingness to not shy away from a potential big hit.
David Njoku possseses all of the traits to be a top level tight end at the NFL level. He can be an elite weapon in the passing game and shows well as a run blocker, and he will improve in that area once he gets into an NFL strength program. Even in this loaded tight end class, Njoku stands out. He will be a player that shines at the combine and will most likely be either the first or second tight end to come off the board.
Round Value: 1st Round
Player Comparison: Vernon Davis