Tight ends participate in drills during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis - presented by Florida Hospital.
With the first wave of free agency coming to an end, along with the conclusion of the NFL Scouting Combine, many draft analysts have begun to update their mock drafts. Earlier this week, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah published a new set of predictions, projecting Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie to the Bucs at No. 19.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN's Todd McShay unveiled a new mock draft of his own. In his latest predictions, he has the Buccaneers selecting Miami tight end David Njoku with their first-round pick.
"Bucs TE Cameron Brate had a breakout 2016 campaign with 660 yards and eight touchdowns, but Njoku's athleticism is on a different level," McShay wrote. "At the combine, he ran a 4.70 40 and jumped out of the gym 37.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot, 1-inch broad jump. Njoku would give Tampa a formidable two-TE set."
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It's an interesting idea to draft a tight end when Brate, one of the NFL's most productive players at the position, is still on the roster. But McShay isn't alone in his thinking. In this week's Mock Draft Roundup, Pewter Report predicted the Bucs would select Njoku while Bleacher Report has the Bucs taking another tight end – Alabama's O.J. Howard.
At just 20 years old, Njoku is one of the youngest players in this year's draft class. He's 6-foot-4, 240 pounds and considered to be one of the most athletic players entering the NFL.
In two seasons at Miami, Njoku caught 64 passes for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 17.2 yards per reception this past season and caught eight touchdown passes in the red zone.
For this week's complete Mock Draft Roundup, click HERE.