At 6’4” 246lbs, Njoku has great size for the position as he moves to the next level. Couple that with explosive athleticism, and it’s easy to see why teams had him rated highly, and why the Browns ended up taking him in the 1st Round.
A talented athlete, Njoku exploded on the scene in 2016 with a 43 catches for 698 yards (16.23 yards per catch) and 8 TDs. Njoku was a weapon for Miami in a number of positions, playing H-Back, TE, Slot receiver, and outside receiver as well. His versatility was a major factor for Miami’s offensive success in 2016. And, Njoku did stuff like jump over defenders on his way to the endzone. Oh, you don’t believe me? Feast your eyes.
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As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Njoku showed flashes of his elite talent, with 21 catches for 362 yards and a touchdown. Njoku isn’t just a finesse player, though his athleticism is the best part of his game. He also set a key block to spring CB Corn Elder for The Return to beat Duke in November 2015. You can see (and hear) that block at the 38 second mark of the video below:
A New Jersey native, Njoku was a standout football player and track athlete in high school, winning a State Championship in the High Jump. The 7th of 9 siblings, Njoku is just the kind of explosive offensive player that will be a factor at the NFL level from day 1.
Njoku is the 4th Miami Hurricanes player to get drafted in the first round in the last 3 years. He joins OL Ereck Flowers (9th overall by the New York Giants in 2015), WR Phillip Dorsett (29th overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 2015), and CB Artie Burns (25th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers) in that recent group.