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Miami TE David Njoku models his game after Kellen Winslow Jr.

"He and I share the same speed," he said. "I might be able to jump a little higher, but he's a great athlete." Indeed, Njoku is a freak athlete who tested in the 93rd percentile at the NFL Combine. That athleticism shows on the field, as Njoku averaged almost 12 yards per catch last year. He wants you to know that he's more than a move-TE, though. "I was never afraid to block," Njoku said. "Being coached by [Miami special teams coordinator and tight ends Todd] Hartley, blocking is very important. They don't like just receiving tight ends because they don't believe in that, so they put down the hammer when it comes to blocking. It's very serious, so we took it as such."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 3:31 PM

Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, Miami TE David Njoku said he has an upcoming visit with the Panthers.

The Panthers are interested in adding a tight end for two reasons. One, to add weapons for Cam Newton and possibly run more 12 personnel. And two, select Greg Olsen's eventual replacement. Njoku likely will be a first round selection as the second tight end off the board. He combines size and top end athleticism, testing in the 93rd percentile.
Mar 23 - 8:31 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Miami TE David Njoku visited the Bucs earlier this week.

Our own Josh Norris recently mocked Njoku to the Bucs at pick No. 19 overall, so we would not be surprised by the fit. Njoku would add a new element to the Bucs offense and could dominate the seam or work inline. He is the best tight end in this class after the catch, averaging almost 12 yards per catch in that area. Plus he tested in the 93rd percentile in terms of athleticism.
Mar 22 - 11:19 AM

An NFC North area scout says Miami CB Corn Elder falls below his team's size thresholds.

"I love the player, but he's too small for what we are asked to look for," the scout said. "He falls below our minimum size requirements. But someone else is going to get a good player. I would fight for him if I could." The 5-foot-10, 188-pounder was compared to Tavon Young by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein. "Elder has the instincts and reactive quickness to find his way to the football and his ability to mirror and match gives him a chance to handle slot duties in the NFL," he wrote. "Elder's lack of size could hurt his draft stock, but his talent and toughness is NFL-worthy."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 12:31 PM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke to one NFL scout who questioned how Miami TE David Njoku can be viewed as a top two round prospect.

Are you serious? "I don’t know how you can take an unproductive backup guy from an average team in the first or second round," the scout began. "As far as a football player, he is a long ways away." Where do we start... Njoku played in a very talented group of tight end at Miami, and the players he left will produce in his absence. Second, Njoku led the entire 2017 draft class of tight ends in yards after the catch. Third, he is just 20 years old, tested in the 93rd percentile, and boasts an inline frame and is already a willing blocker. The tight end position is the slowest developing spot in the NFL, but Njoku looks like a plug and play option. He is a first round prospect.
Mar 9 - 11:27 AM

Miami S Rayshawn Jenkins drew a high comparison score to Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon from MockDraftable.

In fact, the comparison score was 99 percent. Bucannon was viewed as a safety prospect by many, but the Cardinals converted him to linebacker. Many state that numerous teams are now looking for a Bucannon type, but we always question that sentiment, as Bucannon has issues versus the run. Jenkins won't go in the first round like Bucannon did, but a team might project him to a similar role later in the draft.
Mar 7 - 11:22 AM

Miami QB Brad Kaaya had "one of the strongest throwing performances" at the NFL Combine, according to Scouts Inc., and his "smooth and crisp footwork stood out."

Kaaya drew raves around the industry for his Saturday workout, but, as the Scouts Inc. crew notes, the performance must be kept in perspective. "Kaaya's performance in this type of venue isn't surprising as he is one of the most naturally accurate throwers in the class when can set up and deliver from a clean pocket," wrote Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "Questions still remain about Kaaya's ability to handle pressure and function from a muddied pocket, but coming from a pro-style system and showcasing the touch and accuracy should help him build some momentum coming out of Indianapolis." Kaaya's ceiling is Rd. 2. His floor is early on Day 3.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 1:39 PM

Miami S Jamal Carter has interviews set up with the Giants, Cardinals, 49ers, Lions, Texans, Dolphins, Jets and Broncos.

It makes sense that Carter would draw interest in the pre-Draft process, as teams will no doubt want to ascertain why he's never quite equaled the sum of his parts. Case in point, an NFC Director of Personnel recently said he doesn't "see the ball skills to be a starter" in Carter but added that "guys that look like that make rosters." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein called Carter a "classic height, weight, speed player who is more project than prospect at this point."
Mar 4 - 5:27 PM

Miami TE David Njoku's broad jump of 11 feet, one inch stands as the fourth-best broad jump by any player at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend.

Njoku's broad jump was impressive, but he had been hoping to top the unofficial world record of 12 feet, three inches put forth by UConn CB Byron Jones during the 2015 Combine. Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges actually put in the top broad jump among tight ends on Saturday, besting Njoku by one inch.
Mar 4 - 2:54 PM

Miami TE David Njoku said that he believes he can beat the NFL Combine broad jump record set by former UConn CB Byron Jones.

Well, that would be impressive, as Jones' logged an unofficial world record of 12 feet, three inches in the broad jump during the 2015 Combine. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Njoku has already interviewed with 25 teams in Indianapolis. Expect to hear his name called on Day 1.
Mar 3 - 3:51 PM

Miami TE David Njoku has interviewed with 25 teams at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Njoku, who measured out at 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, is one of the top tight end prospects in the current class and figures to be swept off the board at some point on Day 1. The Lions are one team that has been repeatedly linked to a possible early tight end selection, while early in February, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along that the Giants were keen on the Miami product.
Mar 3 - 2:23 PM

A scout for an NFC North team says Miami WR Stacy Coley "needs a lot of work" but "has enough talent to play in the league."

"I just have doubts that he loves the game," the scout said. "He is notorious over there for kind of coasting on his talent rather than putting in the work he should be. If he's not committed to the NFL process, he will be gone early." Coley received a Day 3 grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last January. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Chris Harper. "Best-suited as a vertical slot receiver who can stretch the field and uncover underneath thanks to athleticism and burst," Zierlein wrote. "Raw and might not have the football character necessary to make a dent in the league. However, he has the athletic traits that could make a viable slot option with big-play potential." Coley was named third-team All-ACC last year.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 2:49 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Miami four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Artur Sitkowski has "elite arm talent."

"The ball is hot coming out of his hand, and he has the ability to make any throw asked of him at the next level," Hamilton notes, adding that the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Sitkowski "has the zip to fit the ball into tight windows in the intermediate passing game and the arm power to stretch the field vertically." The analyst would like to see him improve on his touch when working with that howitzer of an arm, particularly on shorter throws. Rivals ranks Sitkowski as the No. 61 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Feb 28 - 6:07 PM

The Citadel graduate CB Dee Delaney transferred to Miami.

Here is a little fun one for your Tuesday, as Delaney flipped the familiar "FBS-to-FCS" transfer move on its head. This isn't a minor get for the Hurricanes, either. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Delaney has been named All-FCS each of the past two seasons. During the 2016 campaign, he picked off six passes. His 13 career interceptions are second most in school history.
Feb 28 - 3:20 PM

The MMQB's Emily Kaplan believes Miami's Brad Kaaya is now viewed as a developmental QB.

One NFL scout believes the expectations were too high for Kaaya entering the season, but he "still has a chance to be very good." Numerous evaluators have discussed Kaaya's tendency to be frenetic and crumble when facing pressure, a situation where successful passers stay composed. Kaaya could be a second to a fourth round pick.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 28 - 8:53 AM


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