Position: Tight End
School: University of Miami
Njoku appears to be everything a team would want in a “complete” tight end for today’s game. His film shows him to be a more than willing and able blocker in the run game. He engages with his arms outstretched and continues to churn his feet after contact.
Beyond blocking, Njoku fits every tight end cliche’ that could be thrown at him. He is an “elite athlete”, “seam busting”, “game changer”. With the NFL Scouting Combine looming, old measurables must be relied upon but even those are quite impressive. Njoku has a lowest recorded 40 time of 4.54. For comparison, Greg Olsen ran a 4.51 at the Combine in 2007. Njoku also competed in the high jump for Miami’s track and field team. He placed 9th in the 2016 ACC Indoor finals while competing against athletes who weighed much less than him.
Njoku can use his freakish athleticism and size to high point the ball but also has the ability to be the YAC machine the Packers have been missing at the tight end position.
Njoku lacks experience and will absolutely need some work. He started only 9 games in two years.
While he has shown to be a willing blocker, he has struggled to stay in front of higher-end competition such as Noble Nwachukwu from West Virginia or Ejuan Price from Pitt. He could stand to add 10 to 15lbs of quality weight to his frame to prepare for the next level.
Hands are an issue as Njoku has dropped 8 passes in his two seasons. He also relies too much on his athleticism to create separation and will need time to add polish to his routes.
How He Fits
Njoku, the tight end who’s no joke from the “U” would easily slot into the Packers’ offense immediately. Jared Cook no longer has his elite athleticism and wins his routes using more savvy than speed. Njoku adds the true seam-busting ability that is currently lacking.
His blocking ability allows him to stay on the field in short-yardage situations and he has shown he’s dangerous both in the long passing game and when running screens.
This is a player who can get open for a deep shot or take a short pass all the way to the house. He would be an immediate upgrade to the position and allow many creative looks out of the two tight end set that McCarthy loves so much.
Mid-to-late Round 1