David Njoku, Miami Hurricanes
Class: Redshirt Sophomore
Height & Weight: 6’4″ & 245 pounds
2016 Season Statistics: 43 receptions, 698 yards, 8 touchdowns
Three things are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and the Miami Hurricanes producing NFL-caliber tight ends. David Njoku is the next in line as a gifted playmaker with the size and ball skills to be a standout performer at the next level.
If the New York Giants are looking for a tight end who can help elevate the passing attack, then Njoku may need to be at the top of the list.
Njoku could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Jeremy Shockey, and Kellen Winslow Jr. as Miami tight ends turned NFL stars. He’s an explosive athlete who can turn a routine play into a massive gain.
With the size and strength to overwhelm safeties, as well as the speed and elusiveness to outclass linebackers, Njoku is an attractive option for the Giants.
Njoku’s upside is even more intriguing than the list of tight ends who have emerged from Miami before him. He’s shown a willingness to fight through contact, as well as versatility in the routes he can run and patience in the way he reads a defense after the catch.
Njoku has a natural ability to find himself under passes and win the battle for throws into the end zone, which cannot be undersold or understated.
If Jerry Reese feels that Njoku the best player on the board in Round 1, it would be easy to justify the Miami star becoming the newest member of the New York Giants.