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Jaxon Smith-Njigba Draft Profile: Stats, Highlights and 2023 NFL Draft Projection

It was a relatively tame NFL Free Agency, but all 32 teams now have their attention directed toward the 2023 NFL Draft in order to add talent to their rosters. The first round of the draft is kicking off on Thursday, April 27th. Of course, draft analysis, projections and rumors will be dominating the NFL news until then. Among the players expected to hear his name called early on is wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba out of Ohio State

The following is a complete Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.

When is the 2023 NFL Draft?

As always, the 2023 NFL Draft will be a three-day event. The first day will feature the first round of players, which is only 31 this season. All of these picks will be broken down here at FlurrySports. Day 2 will be Rounds 2-3 and Day 3 features Rounds 4-7.

The 2023 NFL Draft will take place from April 27-29 in Kansas City, MO. The Jaxon Smith-Njigba draft projection expects him to hear his name called on the first day despite missing most of last season due to injury.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection

Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Position: WR
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 196 lbs
Age: 21
College: Ohio State Buckeyes

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Draft Profile: Stats, Highlights and 2023 NFL Draft Projection
Credit: Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Stats 2021 | Ohio State Buckeyes

Receptions: 95
Receiving Yds:
Receiving TDs:

Yards Per Catch: 16.9
Games: 13

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Draft Profile


Jaxon Smith-Njigba had most of his 2022 season taken away due to injury, but his 2021 campaign and overall athleticism have kept him high on the draft boards. Smith-Njigba is a pure possession receiver that can come down with contested catches while also losing his defender in the process with his sharp route-running skills. He isn’t blazing fast, but he is very quick, which is shown by his NFL Combine results where he topped wide receivers in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drills. Smith-Njigba also has tremendous tracking abilities and soft hands that make up for it.


For how athletic Smith-Njigba is, he lacks that top-end speed to leave defenders in the dust and create proper separation on certain routes. He isn’t very versatile and will be primarily used from the slot — something that may turn teams away from him when it comes down to it. On top of all of this, most of his production came in just one season which was followed by an injury-riddled 2022 campaign.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Highlights

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Draft Projection

All 2023 NFL Draft Projections are taken from the latest CBS NFL Mock Draft by Chris Trapasso.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is currently projected to be drafted by the Chicago Bears at No. 9.

For more 2023 NFL Draft profiles and coverage, check out our NFL Draft page.

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