Could David Njoku stay in Miami?
ESPN’s Todd McShay projects the former Miami Hurricanes star tight end to the Miami Dolphins with their No. 22 overall selection in his latest mock draft:
“Njoku comes with loads of upside, ” McShay writes, “thanks to rare athleticism for the position and big-play ability, including 16.2 yards per reception. There’s not much of a gap between Njoku and Alabama’s O.J. Howard for the No. 1 TE ranking. Both Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are set to be free agents for the Dolphins, so the fit would make sense for Njoku to stay in Miami.”
Scouts and NFL Draft pundits have been gushing about Njoku’s immense physical talent since January and it appears McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are following suit. The latter finally put him on his big board for the first time, at No. 22, labeling him as “one of the fastest risers in this draft.”
With Jordan Cameron’s career with the Dolphins likely finished and Kenny Still’s return in question, Ryan Tannehill could use a weapon like Njoku to inject a dose of fear into the middle of the defense. Njoku is not only a terror down the seam but also shows huge-play ability after the catch on shorter routes, as evidenced by his standout play in Miami’s bowl game.
However, with the NFL Combine and Pro Days approaching, it’s feasible Njoku’s draft stock receives an even greater boost after he puts his freakish athleticism on display for pro scouts. He may not even be available for Miami at No. 23.