David Njoku is one of the most freakish athletes in the 2017 NFL Draft class.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end out of the University of Miami was a national high jump champion in high school, posting a personal best of 7’1”. He came to UM as a receiver before being switched to outside linebacker. Two seasons ago, he switched positions again to play tight end. At the college level, linebackers and safeties had little chance of sticking with Njoku. Last season, he racked up 698 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
For a freak like Njoku, the NFL Combine is a great chance to open eyes and drop jaws on a national stage. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes that “Njoku should annihilate the Combine with monster numbers in speed and explosion.” For what it’s worth, Njoku himself isn’t lacking in confidence. In fact, he recently told reporters he believes he’ll “set a record” in the Broad Jump:
Notice that Njoku says “a record,” not “the record.” It’s tough to tell whether he means he expects to set the all-time Combine record or just the Combine record for tight ends.
If he does set an all-time Combine record, he’ll also be breaking a world record. Current Dallas Cowboys defensive back Byron Jones jumped 12’3” at the 2015 NFL Combine, which still stands as the unofficial world record for Standing Long Jump. If Njoku wants to set a new Combine record for tight ends, he’ll need to jump at least 11 feet. The current tight end record is held by Michael Egnew and Dustin Keller, both of whom jumped 10’11”.
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