David Njoku Scout Report

 

David Njoku is seen as one of the top 2 tight ends in this year's draft and I'm going to try to tackle the question " Is Njoku worth a top 10 pick?" 

 

David Njoku is a 6ft tight end from the university of Miami. He's part of a very good tight end class and some even consider him the best tight end in the draft. Njoku is anothher case (like Solomon Thomas & Marshon Lattimore) of a second year starter with little college experience but thanks to his great season he decided to enter himself on the draft. Like you see in 22 games he had 64 receptions for over 1 thousand yards and 9 touchdowns. A bit of an interesting stat is that Njoku averaged 11.2 yards after the catch per reception in 2016, the most by all draft-eligible tight ends by over a yard. He's also a decent run blocker, as for a negative stat he had 7 drops over the past two seasons. 


Here's his combine stats. Good speed for a tight end, nice broad jump and vertical jump. 

 

After watching some Njoku tape I can say he is a top prospect, similar to Reed he should be used a receiving tight end but he does have a decent run blocking ability.
Strengths : monster athlete with tremendous acceleration allowing him to created immediate separation. When a ball is caught in stride his rac yards go off the charts. Thanks to his height he'll win a lot of contested catches. Works well against zone defences and is also a more effective blocker against that type of defence. Not afraid to stiff arm his way out of trouble.
Weaknesses  : has slow speed, when blocking he can stand up too much allowing defenders to get under his pads and control the movement. Drops open passes so lacks concentration, not the most polished route runner and not the best blocking tight end in the class.

 

To answer my question I think Njoku is a top 10 pick, he can be a starter in the NFL level right now as a reciving threat, he's very effecting catching balls despite his 7 drops but he's not scared to try and make an impact which makes him a no threat pick up. I think he'd best fit a team lacking a receiving tight end like the Dolphins, the Bears or even the Broncos, despite O.J Howard probably going top 10 (because of team needs) I expect Njoku to drop to the pick 15-20 and he'd be a great value for pick player at that point,

So, that's it! What do you think? Agree with me? Disagree ? Let me know ! @ me on twitter on either @Peter1678 or @NFLPeter

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