From Jeremy Shockey to Greg Olsen to Jimmy Graham, the University of Miami has a rich history of pass-caching tight ends, and David Njoku is no exception. In fact, Njoku, who caught 43 balls for 698 yards and eight touchdowns last season, might be the best tight end prospect in this year’s NFL Draft.
“I’m being told a lot of stuff,” Njoku said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney, referring to his draft stock. “I’m being told anywhere from the 8th pick to the 17th, 18th pick. I’m just ready to compete. I love competing.”
And not just in the receiving game. Njoku loves getting after it in the run game, too.
“I can’t wait for my first block,” the 6-4, 248-pounder said, “In practice, it might be a fight – because I’m ready to go.”
Njoku, a New Jersey native, would love to play for his favorite team, the Giants, but ultimately, he’ll be happy to play for any NFL team.
“That would be amazing,” he said of potentially playing for the G-Men. “To come back home, that would be something. That would be really fun.”
The NFL invited Njoku to attend the draft in Philadelphia, but the 20-year-old has decided to have a watch party in Miami. Once Njoku declined the invitation, the NFL called back and offered him a table with eight chairs. Njoku declined again, and the NFL offered him two tables with 16 chairs. Njoku declined again.
“It was funny,” he said, adding that he might have accepted the offer if the draft were in New York.
Njoku had a highly successful career at Miami. His college choice came down to Miami and Ohio State, and ultimately, he went with The U.
“With Coach (Mark) Richt coming in, he wants to bring that mentality back, that dog-mode mentality,” Njoku said, referring to the swagger that defined Miami’s program for several decades. “I’m sure everyone is buying in.”
Njoku also has high hopes for Miami quarterback prospect Brad Kaaya, who threw for 3,100+ yards in each of his three seasons in Coral Gables.
“I think Brad is the best quarterback in the draft,” Njoku said. “Just watching him, whether it’s on film, first person, just hearing what he says and how he reacts – I think he has everything a good NFL quarterback has. I think he’s going to do really well in the league. I’m really excited for him.”