David Njoku Is No Joke

by Eric McClung ·

Height: 6-6
Weight: 251
Age: 22.3
40-Yard Dash: 4.51 (96th-percentile)
Height-adjusted Speed Score (HaSS): 123.9 (98th-percentile)
Burst Score: 113.0 (27th-percentile)
Agility Score: 11.01 (98th-percentile)
Catch Radius: 10.20 (85th-percentile)

Best Comparable: Greg Olsen

In two years at Miami, Njoku was only credited with nine starts in 22 games; yet averaged a career 16.6 yards per reception on 64 catches for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns. That earned him a 76th percentile College Dominator rating. In one game against Duke, he only caught two passes but made the absolute most of them resulting in a 76-yard touchdown and a 58-yard touchdown. David Njoku turns 21 years old in July, and we all know by now that we should be tempering expectations on rookie tight ends. Yes, even one coming from the school that also produced Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham, among other notable tight ends that hailed from the University of Miami.

But it’s really hard to not get excited about a young elite athlete like David Njoku. To this point, he’s gotten it done by crushing smaller defenders with his speed and his size. Njoku can get by as an adequate blocker, especially if he adds some weight. If not, this is a physical freak that is best utilized lined up detached from the formation and asked to run down the seam in order to make contested catches for big gains, bolstered by a 98th percentile arm length measurement.

David Njoku Advanced Stats & Metrics

At the NFL Scouting Combine, David Njoku drew from his high school days on the track team to obliterate the Broad Jump and Vertical Jump for a 132.1 (96th percentile) Burst Score. He also ran a 4.64 in the 40-Yard Dash — good for 80th percentile among tight ends — and also recorded a 11.31 (79th percentile)¬†Agility Score. While being far from a finished product, Njoku checks all the boxes that NFL teams want to see from someone in this new wave of athletically-gifted receiving tight ends. The team that misses out on O.J. Howard in the first round be very tempted to select Njoku as a consolation prize.

Dynasty owners may not see a crop of tight ends this physically impressive for quite some time. Taking O.J. Howard or David Njoku in rookie drafts over the numerous low ceiling wide receiver landmines in this draft may very well yield a set it and forget it tight end for years to come.