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David Njoku

TE mentioned plenty as draft value

Gathering everyone's responses to questions following our annual Experts Draft this week, I was surprised by how many times David Njoku was mentioned as a steal. I honestly hadn't thought too much about the Cleveland tight end, but others definitely are.

Rather quietly Njoku was the No. 11 PPR tight end last year. But if you went only by the five games he played with Deshaun Watson, projected out over a full season, he'd have been even better than that.

Table shows Njoku's numbers with Watson (projected over a full season's worth of games). In terms of catches and yards, he was actually similar on a per-game basis with Jacoby Brissett, but he caught only 2 TDs in those nine games (and then 2 TDs in five games with Watson). And if we allow that Watson will probably be better this season, having not sat out the previous year and a half, it's reasonable to say that Njoku could be even more productive.

I'm not saying he's going to be the No. 6 tight end this season, but there's that kind of upside, potentially, if Watson and he are able to stay in the lineup all season.

TIGHT ENDS, 2022 (PPR)
PlayerTgtNoYdsTDPPRRk
Travis Kelce152110133812318.31
T.J. Hockenson129869146217.42
George Kittle866076511202.53
Mark Andrews113738475190.54
Evan Engram98737664176.95
Njoku(proj.)95585587154.46
Tyler Higbee108726203152.07
Taysom Hill139779148.28
Pat Freiermuth98637322148.29
Cole Kmet69505447147.310
Dalton Schultz89575775144.711
Dallas Goedert69557023143.212
Gerald Everett87585554139.513
Dawson Knox65485176135.714
Juwan Johnson65425087134.815
Tyler Conklin87585523131.516
Noah Fant63504864122.617
Jordan Akins54374955118.518
Zach Ertz69474064115.619
Robert Tonyan67534702112.020

In the draft, Njoku was the 11th tight end taken, selected in the 11th round. Sounds like a lot of people believe he'll outperform that this year.

--Andy Richardson

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