Browns breakout player of the year: David Njoku

The Browns may have made defensive end Myles Garrett the No. 1 overall pick in the draft but in their rebuilding effort, one player might have more of an impact on the team this year.

David Njoku, the tight end from the University of Miami, was the team’s third first-round pick in the most recent draft, taken at pick No. 29. At 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds, Njoku might be the most physically gifted tight end the Browns have had since drafting Kellen Winslow Jr. (also from the Miami tight-end pipeline) way back in 2004.

There is a reason the team waived popular but slow-footed veteran tight end Gary Barnidge right after draft weekend. Njoku has the size, speed and skills to become one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the league within a couple of years.

With so many question marks at the wide receiver position this season, whomever wins the quarterback battle might be looking for the big tight end quite often this season. Also, head coach Hue Jackson will certainly be looking for mismatches in the opposing team’s secondary to exploit.

It wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Njoku actually finishes the season with the most catches and yards on the team. He should be exciting to watch and a bright spot on a rebuilding Browns offense.

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