• David Njoku

  • TE
  • , Cleveland Browns
  • 26
  • 246 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
If not for Deshaun Watson’s looming suspension, Njoku would jump out as a screaming value as the 20th tight end off the board in the 14th round at Underdog. Austin Hooper is gone, Watson is (theoretically) in, and the Browns signaled how much they value the athletic Njoku by slapping him with the franchise tag in March. Some may question his upside as he hasn’t cleared 500 yards receiving since 2018 (when he posted 56-639-4), but his very promising career was derailed by a wrist fracture in 2019 and this will be the first time since ‘18 that he’ll be a full-time player. He posted the 11th-highest yards per route run last season, which highlights his efficiency. The Browns are pretty weak at WR2/WR3 as well, so there’s the chance that he establishes himself as the team’s No. 2 option after Amari Cooper. If Watson is hit with a long suspension it will certainly affect Njoku’s outlook since Jacoby Brissett doesn’t offer the same passing upside.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

CLE TE David Njoku - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
David Njoku signed a four-year contract with the Browns after originally receiving the franchise tag this offseason. Not only that, but Austin Hooper is now in Tennessee, so Njoku is the guy at the tight end position for the Browns. You can also make the argument he’s the No. 2 passing option, certainly No. 3, if we include Kareem Hunt.

2022 Fantasy Downside
If Jacoby Brissett is the quarterback, the Browns’ offense takes a hit and Brissett will possibly connect more with Amari Cooper and the running backs. Speaking of the running backs, Cleveland is more of a running team. You also hope Njoku can break 500 yards for just the second time in his career, going on his sixth season.

2022 Bottom Line
Being the main guy at the tight end position for the Browns, Njoku should crack 500 yards, as the Browns will need a second person catching passes down the field besides Cooper. It feels like the Browns now value Njoku more after giving him an extension and letting Hooper walk. And you can get him very late in drafts as a deep TE2. He’s worth a stash, especially if we finally get word before the season on the status of Deshaun Watson.

2022 Strength of Schedule - CLE

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
10
@CAR
31
NYJ
6
PIT
15
@ATL
32
LAC
2
NE
26
@BAL
25
CIN
BYE19
@MIA
3
@BUF
18
TB
28
@HOU
25
@CIN
26
BAL
7
NO
12
@WAS
6
@PIT

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@KC3760525.3300000.007.610.635/5959.3%
2HOU218039.0000000.001.83.836/6159.0%
3CHI00000.0000000.000.00.050/8161.7%
4@MIN217028.5000000.001.73.752/7866.7%
5@LAC71491721.2900000.0020.927.946/7263.9%
6ARI16026.0000000.000.61.626/5944.1%
7DEN218029.0000000.001.83.842/7159.2%
8PIT3390313.0000000.003.96.938/5964.4%
9@CIN1181318.0000000.007.88.835/4872.9%
10@NE1110411.0000000.001.12.135/5959.3%
11DET2200410.0011001.002.14.147/7463.5%
12@BAL3351511.6700000.009.512.543/6071.7%
13BYE--------------
14BAL--------------
15LV329059.6700000.002.95.956/56100.0%
16@GB00020.0000000.000.00.039/6857.4%
17@PIT428147.0000000.008.812.851/7171.8%
18CIN211025.5000000.001.13.139/6659.1%
Per game2.2529.690.253.3113.190.060.06001.004.486.7341.88/65.1364.62%
Totals3647545313.1911001.0071.6107.6670/104264.62%