A recent ranking of tight ends by NFL Mocks was very kind to David Njoku of the Cleveland Browns as he came in as No. 9 in the league
The summer of the Cleveland Browns keeps getting better. Praises have been flowing in as they’ve been able to start putting some real talent on their roster.
Players added by the new regime — headed by new general manager John Dorsey — have gotten the most attention. Not all their talent comes from the players he brought in though.
We’re reminded of that thanks to a recent article from George Stockburger of NFL Mocks. In this piece he ranks the 10 best tight ends in the NFL and coming in at No. 9 overall is one of the Browns three picks from Round 1 in 2017, David Njoku.
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Stockburger is high on the potential of Njoku, but points out that his rookie season was actually good enough to have his name mentioned amongst some of the best to ever play the position.
"“As a rookie Njoku became the fifth tight end in NFL history to record 30 receptions, 300 yards at age 21 season, joining Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, and Aaron Hernandez.” — Stockburger, NFL Mocks"
Njoku was selected at No. 29 overall out of Miami and was considered to be a freak of an athlete at his position.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 246-pounds, Njoku had scouts excited about how good he can be now as well as the fact that he was barely scratching the surface of his physical talent. He was also just 20-years old when he was drafted which means he has many years left to excel for the Browns.
With a new quarterback in Tyrod Taylor throwing him the ball, Njoku can be even better in 2018 as a pass catcher. He’s also no slouch in the blocking department, which is a rare thing for young guys at his position that are labeled as fantastic receivers.
Njoku could be a centerpiece of this offense for years to come, and it’s only right he’s ranked so high this early in his career.