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 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. [4] [5] 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. [6] [7]

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. [8] In 2016, he had 43 receptions for 698 yards and eight touchdowns. [9] After the season, Njoku decided to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. [10] [11]

College statistics

Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2015 Miami 13 21 362 1
2016 Miami 12 43 698 8
College Totals 22 64 1,060 9

Source: [12]

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. [4] [4] [4] [4]

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 1 4 in
(0.90 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.64 s 1.61 s 2.70 s 4.34 s 6.97 s 37 1 2 in
(0.95 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
21 reps
All value from NFL Combine [4]

The Cleveland Browns selected Njoku in the first round (29th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. [4] 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 includes a signing bonus of $5.06 million. [4]

On September 10, Njoku made his NFL debut in a 21–18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had two receptions for 20 yards. [4] in the Week 2 game against the Baltimore Ravens, he had three receptions for 27 yards and his first career professional touchdown in the 24–10 loss. [4]