David Njoku

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David Njoku
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Njoku in 2018
No. 85 – Cleveland Browns
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1996-07-10) July 10, 1996 (age 23)
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Cedar Grove
(Cedar Grove, New Jersey)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2019
Receptions: 92
Receiving yards: 1,062
Receiving touchdowns: 9
Player stats at NFL.com

David Njoku (born July 10, 1996) is an American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Miami, and was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years

Njoku is one of nine children born to Nigerian parents who immigrated to the United States.[1] He attended Cedar Grove High School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. During his career, he had 76 receptions for 1,794 yards and 19 touchdowns. He committed to the University of Miami to play college football.[2][3] Njoku also competed in the high jump in high school, winning the national championship at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor his senior year in 2014.[4][1]

College career

After redshirting his first year at Miami in 2014, Njoku played in all 13 games with four starts in 2015 and had 21 receptions for 362 yards and one touchdown.[5] In 2016, he had 43 receptions for 698 yards and eight touchdowns.[6] After the season, Njoku decided to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[7][8]

College statistics

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2015 Miami 13 21 362 1
2016 Miami 12 43 698 8
College Totals 25 64 1,060 9

Source:[9]

Professional career

Njoku received an invitation to the NFL Combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills. In addition, he attended Miami's Pro Day and opted to again perform the vertical jump, broad jump, short shuttle, 40-yard dash, 20-yard dash, and 10-yard dash. NFL draft experts and analysts projected Njoku to be selected in the first round of the draft. He was ranked the third best tight end available in the draft by Sports Illustrated and was ranked the second best tight end by ESPN, NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and NFL analyst Bucky Brooks.[10][11][12][13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
246 lb
(112 kg)
35 14 in
(0.90 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.64 s 1.61 s 2.70 s 4.34 s 6.97 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
21 reps
All value from NFL Scouting Combine except vertical.[14][15]

The Cleveland Browns selected Njoku in the first round (29th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[16] He was the third tight end to be selected in the draft.

On June 15, 2017, the Cleveland Browns signed Njoku to a fully guaranteed, four-year, $9.52 million contract which included a signing bonus of $5.06 million.[17]

On September 10, Njoku made his NFL debut in a 21–18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had two receptions for 20 yards.[18] in the Week 2 game against the Baltimore Ravens, he had three receptions for 27 yards and his first NFL touchdown in the 24–10 loss.[19] He finished his rookie year with 32 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2018, Njoku entered the season as the Browns starting tight end. He played in all 16 games with 14 starts, recording 56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns.

In Week 2 of the 2019 season, Njoku was upended and landed on his head and left the game against the New York Jets due to a concussion. However later in the week, it was revealed that Njoku suffered a broken wrist on the same play. He was placed on injured reserve on September 20, 2019.[20] He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 20, 2019, and began practicing with the team again.[21] He was activated on December 7, 2019.[22]

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team GP GS Receiving Rushing
Tgt Rec Yards Y/R Y/G TDs Rush Yards Y/A Y/G TDs Fmb
2017 CLE 16 5 60 32 386 12.1 24.1 4 1 1 1.0 0.06 0 0
2018 CLE 16 14 88 56 639 11.4 39.9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 32 19 148 88 1,025 11.6 32.0 8 1 1 1.0 .03 0 0

References

  1. ^ a b "Former high school track star David Njoku emerges as playmaker for UM football team".
  2. ^ "Football: David Njoku of Cedar Grove commits to Miami (Fla.)".
  3. ^ "David Njoku of Cedar Grove signs to play football at Miami on National Signing Day".
  4. ^ "Cedar Grove Panthers' David Njoku wins high jump national championship".
  5. ^ "This leaping, pass-catching 'freak' is one University of Miami fans hope sticks around".
  6. ^ "Miami Hurricanes TE David Njoku declares for NFL draft - Canes Watch".
  7. ^ "UM tight end David Njoku announces he will enter the NFL Draft".
  8. ^ Tight End David Njoku Declares For NFL Draft
  9. ^ "David Njoku College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". si.com. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 Draft's Top 100 Prospects". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Bucky Brooks (April 25, 2017). "Bucky Brooks' top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  13. ^ Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position". NFL.com. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "NFL Combine Profile", NFL.com, retrieved March 4, 2017
  15. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/david-njoku?id=2557986
  16. ^ Shook, Nick (April 27, 2017). "Browns trade back into first round, take TE David Njoku". NFL.com.
  17. ^ "Spotrac.com: David Njoku contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  18. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  19. ^ "Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  20. ^ "Browns place TE David Njoku on injured reserve, claim S Juston Burris". ClevelandBrowns.com. September 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Browns TE David Njoku designated for return". ClevelandBrowns.com. November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  22. ^ "Browns activate TE David Njoku from injured reserve". ClevelandBrowns.com. December 7, 2019.

External links

  • David Njoku on Twitter
  • Miami Hurricanes bio
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