2020 NFL Draft

Browns select Miami TE David Njoku with No. 29 pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Browns selected Miami tight end David Njoku with the 29th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Njoku, widely considered one of the best players at his position in this year's draft class, caught 64 passes for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons with the Hurricanes. 

"I can'texplain how crazy it is," Njoku said late Thursday. "I still can't believe it. I'm so blessed to be here, honestly. People were so emotional today. I am just so happy to be here."

 Njoku, 20, joins a tight ends room that includes veteran Gary Barnidge, Randall Telfer and Seth DeValve, whom Clevleand drafted in 2016.

In his draft profile, NFL.com's Lance Zierlein described Njoku, as an "ascending pass catching talent with elite athleticism and enough fight in his run blocking to believe that he can be lined up anywhere on the field at any time."

"Njoku should annihilate the combine with monster numbers in speed and explosion, but his play on the field shows he's more than a combine warrior," Zierlein continued.

"He is still growing into his body and has to add to his play strength, but his playmaking potential and elite traits should make him a first-round pick and a future Pro Bowler."

With that blend of size, speed and power, Njoku should compete for a role on Cleveland's offense.

"I think I can be a crucial player for the Browns," he said. "I just have to keep working hard, grab the glory and I think I will be okay."

Njoku joins Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the first overall pick, and Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, whom the Browns selected at No. 25. 

The Cleveland Browns draft David Njoku at No. 29 in the 2017 NFL Draft.


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