The freakishly athletic David Njoku flashed his enormous ceiling during the Browns Preseason Opener, terrorizing the seams for 2 catches, 46 yards, and 2 TDs. Though new OC Todd Haley has never historically used TEs, he’s also never had an athlete of this caliber at the position. The upgraded “Scheme” and “Usage” scores, as well as a promising overall offensive performance from the Browns, have Njoku’s stock steadily rising. He’s firmly on the TE1 radar.
At 6’4″ and 246 lbs with a 4.64 forty and combine-leading vertical and broad jumps, Njoku drips in raw ability. Still, questions of whether he could be refined and utilized properly have always existed… but may be put to rest soon. In his sophomore debut, Njoku flashed it all. On his first score, Njoku blew past the linebackers in coverage, and then outran the entire defense for a 36-yard TD. Next, he outleaped the defenders draped over him and highpointed a beautiful score. Clearly, Haley and the team recognize the insane athleticism at their disposal, and are thus far using it to perfection. Yes, this was against a Giants team that has been histroically bad at defending tight ends the past two seasons, but it’s still an impressive performance nonetheless. Currently sporting a 132 Overall ADP, Njoku needs to skyrocket up Big Boards everywhere. He’s risen from 128 to 105 on mine, and could continue climbing further if Josh Gordon‘s holdout seems likely to linger.