David Njoku is coming into own. He is having a good training camp and is building on the flashes he showed in 2017. What will further Njoku’s development is having Tyrod Taylor as his quarterback this season.
Taylor likes throwing to his tight ends and a great example of that is Buffalo Bills’ Charles Clay. Nearly every pass he caught the last three seasons came from Taylor. During that time, as a whole, Clay accumulated 157 receptions for 1,638 yards and 9 touchdowns.
In Njoku’s rookie campaign, he put up 32 receptions for 386 yards and 4 touchdowns. Going off of Clay’s production, Njoku is not too far off on a yearly basis. He could and very well should eclipse the 52 receptions/year Clay put up and continue to make great strides.
Given that the only wide receiver Cleveland knows it can regularly rely on is Jarvis Landry, it would not be surprising to see Njoku reach the 60 reception mark in 2018. Njoku is not a TE1 yet in a 10 or less team league. Maybe that occurs in 2019.
For this season, Njoku is a quality TE2 though and spot starter as a TE1. Depending on when other tight ends such as New York Giants’ Evan Engram, Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen, and Minnesota Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph come off the board, Njoku could be in play to be drafted in the fifth round.
More than likely, however, Njoku is destined to be drafted in the seventh to ninth round of nearly every type of league. Getting him any later could be a steal depending on the point system.