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David Njoku gets set for Cleveland Browns rookie mini-camp starting May 12

Ari Russell



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The Cleveland Browns will be holding their rookie mini-camp May 12-14. This will be the first time the Brown’s coaching staff will be able to see the players they selected in the draft in an actual Browns uniform. The team had a very high profile draft which included three first round picks, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and former Miami TE David Njoku. 

For the Browns they also selected a QB in the second round in Deshone Kizer. It’s going to be really interesting to see the reports on how Njoku and Kizer synch up, if at all. We expect the coaching staff to have both of these two very active together.

For Njoku, he’s going to have an opportunity to play right away. Shortly after Njoku was selected, the Browns parted ways with Gary Barnidge, which means the team is going to be expecting Njoku to contribute right away. That is quite a bit of pressure to place on a rookie, especially an underclassmen, who only played two seasons of college football.

Njoku is likely up for the challenge. At no point during the draft process did he show any signs of being a reach first round pick. It was pretty clear that any team that was going to draft him was expecting him to play a major role right away. For the Browns they get a legit weapon. Though their situation at QB is still up in the air, Njoku is going to be a major part of this offense. If anything having an athletic TE with WR like speed will make any QB in this league look better.

Browns fans should be excited about Njoku getting reps early and see how he looks in rookie mini camp. Though the franchise has been a laughing stock since the league expanded back to Cleveland, this particular draft was one of their best they ever had, and Njoku is one of the reasons for that.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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