The 2017 NFL Draft is coming at us quickly. The yearly extravaganza will take place in Philadelphia from Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29 this year.
Over the span of three days, a whole host of former college football stars will find new homes where they will hopefully impress during the offseason and make a living playing on Sundays.
Between now and the end of April, we will feature some of the NFL stars of tomorrow. Many of these are names from big time college football programs you will recognize, while some will be new to all but the most dedicated followers of the sport.
Today we look at one of the top players at one of the strongest positions in this draft class. David Njoku is a tight end out of Miami who was a national champion high jumper in high school and who added 30 pounds during his redshirt year to eventually become one of the most dominant players at his position in recent ACC history.
The NFL has shifted away from tight ends acting as blockers to the point that it really doesn't matter if you know how to block at the position anymore. Instead, teams want tight ends who can run great routes, create mismatches, and provide an extra outlet for a quarterback.
Njoku fits squarely into this role as a modern day tight end as his best attribute is his ability to run after the catch as you can see from this video. Last season at Miami he averaged 16.2 yards per catch and his eight touchdowns came at a rate of close to one every five receptions. If Njoku runs close to the 4.6 range that he is expected to at the NFL Combine then he will certainly be in consideration to be the first at his position off of the board on draft day.
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