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Miami’s David Njoku taken by Browns in 2017 NFL Draft

Miami Hurricane tight end David Njoku was selected by the Cleveland Browns, after they traded back into the end of the first round. Njoku is a lesser known prospect that has been climbing the draft boards due to his size and athleticism. You can see the raw talent and sheer athleticism that NFL teams can mold into a potential TE weapon in the NFL. Njoku was a national high jump champion in high school which only further shows just how athletic this kid is. Njoku can be classified as a “project” that should take some time to build and get right, but if he can reach his full potential, then the Browns could have struck draft gold.

Is this a good fantasy football fit?

Is there such thing as a good fantasy football fit for the Cleveland Browns? Until Cody Kessler is no longer the starting quarterback, it will be tough for David Njoku — unpolished tight end — to make an impact at the NFL level. Njoku has all the physical attributes to be a future fantasy TE1; however, this will not be happening until they secure a top-tier quarterback (#SuckForSam2018). This pick doesn’t help anyone’s 2017 fantasy prospectus.

Njoku’s Combine Analysis

As expected, Njoku graded out very well at the combine with a 6.35 rating. He was a top performer in the vertical and broad jump (no surprise there), as well as the 3 cone drill. Scouts have constantly hammered home how athletic Njoku is as well as noting how long his arms are. He has solid acceleration off the line and can plant and change directions with ease.

How good was Njoku in college?

Njoku didn’t turn many heads in his time at Miami, but showed promise in his junior year. He was a red zone threat with 8 touchdowns his junior year while totaling 43 catches for 698 yards. His size and leaping ability made him such a red zone weapon in Miami’s offense. He only started nine games in his two years of playing at Miami, so Njoku carries a small sample size with what he’s done so far on the field.

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