The 6-4, 248-pound specimen looks ready to roll into Indy.
NFLDraftScout.com ranks David Njoku No. 2 at tight end behind Alabama's O.J. Howard.
David Njoku scouting report
STRENGTHS: Rocked up body type with muscular physique. Loose athlete with freakish ease of movement. Explosive release. Njoku instantly accelerates to top speed in his routes. Catches the ball in stride with nimble feet and dynamic skills after the catch. Powerful strides to run over defenders, maintain his balance and pull away. Big-play threat with 17.2 percent of catches going for 30-plus yards. Large hands to attack the ball away from his frame. Highpoints and plays in the clouds with his leaping skills (national champion high jumper in high school and also competed on the Hurricanes track and field team). Mixes it up as a blocker, flashing a mean streak. Smooth shuffle to shield rushers from the pocket in pass pro. Added 25-plus pounds since high school with room to get stronger. Finished tied for second in the FBS among tight ends with eight receiving touchdowns in 2016.
WEAKNESSES: Still developing his frame and lower body bulk. Excitable route runner and lacks polish, tipping his path. Strong hands, but inconsistent focus and too many drops on his film. Not always interested in blocking and falls asleep at the wheel. Delivers pop as a blocker, but lacks the grip strength to sustain the point of attack. Catch blocker in pass pro. Undeveloped hand placement and mirror skills to hold up in space. Late to identify proper blocking angles, allowing defenders to leverage gaps. Lacks ideal experience (nine starts) and career production with only one career 100-yard receiving game.
NFL COMPARISON: Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions -- A physical marvel, Ebron rocketed up draft boards in 2014 based largely on athletic upside, and Njoku could see a similar rise due to rare athleticism and size. (Dane Brugler)