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Miami Hurricanes Football: TE David Njoku declares for 2017 NFL Draft

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We all knew this was coming.

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In a move that shocked no one, RS Sophomore TE David Njoku announced minutes after Miami’s 31-14 Russell Athletic Bowl victory that he will forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 6’4” 245lb Njoku is a physical freak, and showed that multiple times this year. His leaping TDs against Duke and West Virginia — both on plays where he ran through attempted tackles, by the way — highlight his explosive athleticisim.

Once a 3-star recruit from Cedar Grove, NJ, Njoku used his 3 years at Miami to grow and develop into one of the most dynamic players in football. He’s too big for DBs to deal with, and too fast for LBs to cover. He’s the perfect mismatch weapon for virtually any offense.

In his RS Sophomore season, Njoku totaled 43 catches for 698 yards (16.23 yards per catch) and 8 TDs. For his career — which only spanned 2 years due to Njoku taking a redshirt in 2014 — Njoku ends his Hurricanes career with 64 catches for 1,060 yards (16.56 yards per catch) and 9 TDs. Obviously, the majority of his stats came in his breakout 2016 season, the one that leads him to the NFL draft.

I can’t say this enough: Njoku is a physical freak. He was a champion high jumper in HS and college, and can run in the low 4.5’s or maybe high 4.4’s at the NFL combine. He’s going to test OFF THE CHARTS, something that could lead Njoku to be drafted very, very highly.

In an NFL draft with arguably the strongest TE class in years, Njoku may be the best prospect of them all. He’s big, fast, tough, an improving blocker, and a mismatch problem wherever you put him. He’s just scratching the surface of his talents as a football player, and I am excited to see just how good he can be.

Congratulations to David on a great career at Miami. We wish him the best as he moves on to the NFL.

And, if (your team) is smart, they’ll draft him in the first round. Or, hate playing against him for the next 12-15 years.

Go Canes