3. David Njoku, Tight End
When the season begins, David Njoku will be just 23-years of age. The third-year tight end came into the league incredibly young after showcasing plenty of athleticism at the University of Miami. He hasn’t reached his full potential just yet, but the 2017 first-round pick has shown the ability to make things happen in the passing game.
As a rookie, Njoku had 32 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns. He scored the same amount of times in 2018 but increased his receptions to 56 and yardage to 639 in his sophomore campaign. Just like the aforementioned Antonio Callaway, Njoku is a player who can benefit from the decreased attention due to the arrival of OBJ.
Of course, there’s still only one football to go around, so there may be a cap on how many yards he can put up, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a more effective player — especially in the red zone. Should he get better in this area, and increase his touchdown total, Njoku could impress those who vote on the Pro Bowl.
Another way he can get better is to improve as an overall tight end, which means stepping things up in the blocking game. Njoku was even challenged in the offseason by general manager John Dorsey to get better as a run blocker. If he takes this challenge to heart and begin to make plays even without the ball, his star will shine brighter.