Finding Broncos: Scouting Miami Tight End David Njoku

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel breaks down a tight end some scouts believe could end up as the best in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

David Njoku, Tight End, Miami Hurricanes

http://www.scout.com/player/176230-david-njoku?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 246 pounds

Arms: 35-¼ inches

Hands: 10 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.64 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 21 reps

Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches

Broad Jump: 133 inches

3-Cone Drill: 6.97 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.34 seconds

Medical

N/A

Character

N/A

Stats

Year Receptions Yards TD
2015 21 362 1
2016 43 698 8

Pros

Top-end athlete. Long arms and has a good frame that can add 10-15 pounds without losing quickness or athleticism. Can win the seam all day.

Shows some blocking ability for zone concepts. Mismatch maker than is too fast for linebackers and too big — with elite leaping — for corners to deal with. Finds the soft spots against zone coverage.

Accelerates in an instant off the snap and out of breaks. Can stop and change direction on a dime for his breaks. Extra gear for home run potential. Excellent after the catch. Can line up everywhere. Huge catch radius.

Cons

Lacks experience and it often shows. Skinny lower legs that generate little to no power. Largely ineffective as a blocker.

Drop rate of 11 percent in his two seasons. Needs work to refine the nuances of route running. Slow to get his head around to the ball.

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David Njoku is an athlete, which teams want more and more in the NFL. The downside with Njoku is, he isn’t a dual tight end that can block and catch. He can be, but just doesn’t have the blocking up to snuff just yet.

Right away though, he will make a team very happy with his receiving capabilities and being a diverse weapon for their offense. He is such a threat that defenses always have to be cautious of him.

Fit With The Broncos

The Denver Broncos are missing a legit receiving threat from the tight end position, which Njoku immediately gives them. They have a blocker with Virgil Green, which would allow Denver to take their time grooming Njoku’s blocking ability. His versatility would do nothing but help Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and their young quarterbacks.

Draft Grade: Round 1 (Mid/Late)

Where He Goes: Round 1 (Mid/Late)

Insider's Take: Per sources, if Njoku was more developed as a blocker, he would be the consensus No 1 tight end, even over O.J. Howard.

 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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