An intriguing offensive weapon with terrific speed and athleticism caught the Cleveland Browns’ attention in the 2017 National Football League (NFL) Draft. He is David Njoku, American football tight end who played college football at Miami where he recorded 64 receptions for 1,060 yards and 9 touchdowns in 25 games played over two full seasons.
Though the freakish athlete is yet to claim any significant attainment and has a lot to accomplish if he must find a space in NFL’s history, he is already set to a great career. To keep up with him, let’s learn about the things one ought to know about the Browns’ tight end.
David Njoku’s Bio
Born on July 10, 1996, to Nigerian parents, David Njoku was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft. From an early age (he started playing football at grade 7), he proved to be athletically inclined and participated in track and field events as well as the gridiron in high school.
He played for the Cedar Grove High School, New Jersey where he also won the national championship in high jump at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor as a senior in 2014. During his career with the school team, he snagged 76 passes for 1,794 yards and recorded 19 touchdowns. Following his high school career, he moved on to the University of Miami having committed earlier to play his collegiate career with the Miami Hurricanes.
While in college, he redshirted his first year (2014) but started four of 13 games played the following year recording 21 receptions for 362 yards and one touchdown. Njoku caught 43 passes for 698 yards and had 8 touchdowns in 2016 after which he decided to forgo his remaining (2) years of eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Following his declaration for the draft, he was invited to the NFL Combine and also attended Miami’s Pro Day. He completed all of the combine and positional drills in the NFL Combine and also did the same in Miami’s Pro Day performing the vertical jump, broad jump, short shuttle, 40-yard dash, 20-yard dash, as well as the 10-yard dash.
An athletic pass-catchers with a basketball-player-like frame, David Njoku was projected to be a first-round pick and was ranked among the top best tight ends on several platforms. True to the predictions, the Cleveland Browns got him drafted as the 29th overall and he was the third tight end to be picked. After he was drafted, he signed a four-year deal with the team worth $9.52 million which included a $5.06 million signing bonus.
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Him
David Njoku has always dreamt of being a football player not just in college but on a professional level ever since he was a boy. His dreams, however, became a reality when the Browns scooped him up as the 29th overall draft. Dreams do come to pass you would agree.
He made his pro debut on September 10 recording two receptions for 20 yards in a 21–18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the next game, he had his first career touchdown as well as caught 3 passes for 27 yards in the 24–10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. At the end of his rookie season, he totaled 32 receptions for 386 yards and 4 TDs. He became the fifth tight end in the league history to record 30 receptions and 300 yards at the age of 21 behind Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, and Aaron Hernandez.
Moving on from a so-so rookie campaign, David Njoku promises to be a shocker with a strong quarterback such as Tyrod Taylor throwing him the passes. Though he showed some drops during the training, he has proved to be sure-handed following the preseason games and remains a work in progress as he enters his second season which could be his breakout season.
David Njoku’s Family and Ethnicity
Njoku who was given the title Chief David Njoku by his father was born the seventh of nine children, five girls and four boys, to their Igbo-Nigerian parents; Innocent and Stella Njoku. The tight end’s family is a load full of talent with three brothers playing the gridiron with the position of the most successful person in the family not yet ascertained.
After the birth of their first child, his parents emigrated from the West African country. His 5 feet 11 inches father who was a chief in his home country owned Trans Atlantic Airlines but now works in the oil industry while his mother, a 5’4″ woman owned a clothing store but now primarily travels with her husband on business.
The duo has raised their pack into successful individuals in their chosen careers. The eldest son, Innocent Jr. is a neurosurgeon in upstate New York having finishing medical school at Cornell, Chelsea is a nurse in New Jersey, Faith is in medical school, Gladys was good at hops at the Division III level and has a mechanical engineering degree, and another girl named Happiness who we are not sure what she does currently.
His younger brother, a 6-6, 196-pound athlete, Evidence plays college football at the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship. The youngest of the clan, Charles, a class of 2019 Wayne Hill wide receiver has already got an offer from Rutgers University (David also received offers from the college before ultimately chose Miami).
Height, Weight, Body Stats
A strong physique added to a great deal of height and physical fitness is needed in the athletic arena, especially the American football. However, the Browns’ tight end hasn’t been found wanting in those areas. At 4 inches taller than 6 feet with a body weighing 246 lbs, Njoku has the capacity to create mismatches on the perimeter combined with his strength, speed, and length. His arm length measures 35 1/4″ and his hand size is 10″.
The freakish athlete with his high-jump background does not only give credence to his elite athleticism but also goes beyond simply leaping over defenders. With a ton of power at his disposal which he harnesses and utilizes productively, a great body control, moves which are not peculiar to tight ends in the league and ability to gather yards after a catch, he would grow to be one of the best in the league as he continues to step up his game.