Cleveland Browns Trade Back up to 29, Pick Miami TE David Njoku

The Browns continue to move around the draft aggressively, trading up four spots to #29 to grab TE David Njoku

BEREA, Ohio--After trading down once in the first round, the Browns traded back into the first round to end up selecting their third player in the round.

The Browns gave up the first pick in the second-round (33 overall) and a fourth rounder (108th overall), to move back up into the first round at pick 29th overall to select Miami tight end David Njoku. 

"He's a big play guy that can make plays down field," Hue Jackson said. 

Njoku (6-4, 245) caught 43 passes for 698 yards (16.2 avg.) with eight touchdowns last season at Miami. In his two seasons in college, Njoku caught 64 passes for 1,060 yards with nine touchdowns.

Pro Football Focus listed Njoku as the second-best tight end in the draft behind Alabama's O.J. Howard.

"Tracks ball well downfield...4.64 (40 time) Good top-end speed... Strong balance and body control, likely his biggest strength..Good at using his hands and size to create late separation at the catch point... Strong hands, tough for DBs to break up passes after he has the ball in his grasp...Tough to press him with smaller defenders... Effective option-route runner, uses linebackers leverage against them to create space in zones...Consistently seals 7-tech to the inside on front side of gap-scheme runs...Locates well when moving to the 2L in run game."

Nook has been compared to the Redskins' Jordan Reed.


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