On their final day of mini-camp, the Browns came to terms with former Hurricanes tight end David Njoku. The third of their three first round picks, Njoku, obviously didn’t come to Cleveland with the fanfare of #1 pick Myles Garrett, or the controversy of their other first rounder, Jabril Peppers.
Yet, he has quickly turned heads and may end up being a key factor in the upcoming season. He was all smiles earlier:
TE David Njoku has signed his rookie contract!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 15, 2017
As the 29th pick, (after the Browns traded up from 33 on night one), Njoku ends up with $9.5 million over his original four year deal, including a signing bonus of just over $5 million. They also got a fifth year option by moving up and picking him in the first round.
But as that Plain-Dealer item indicates, the Browns are equally encouraged by what they’ve seen, albeit in helmets and shorts, from Njoku so far. He’s big, with long arms and great leaping ability and that has been on display at times over the past few weeks.
This included tight end coach Greg Seamon telling the media: “there aren’t a lot of people in the country that are 250 pounds and are also 7-foot high jumpers. That part of it is really evident. He’s young, he’s developing, he’s got a great work ethic. I’m excited about his potential.”
Take a look:
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) June 15, 2017
With the drafting in round two of former Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer, who may very well see significant playing time this season, there is no shortage of youth and promise for the Browns to snap back to respectability.
And a year or two from now, Cleveland may point to David Njoku as a big reason why and how it began to turn around.