The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft kicks off tonight, it is shaping up to be an unpredictable night. Many people believe teams will be looking to draft back, while there are teams with obvious weaknesses who may look to go get their guys. One of the players that fans and analysts alike are excited to see drafted tonight is Jaxon Smith-Njigba, wide receiver out of Ohio State.
But who is going to draft Smith-Njigba? There are many different teams in the mix. Below, we will give a Jaxon Smith-Njigba mock draft projection from many industry experts, as well as look at a Jaxon Smith-Njigba draft profile.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft Profile 2023
Weight: 196 lbs
College: Ohio State Buckeyes
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.
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Jaxon Smith-Njigba Mock Draft Projection | Expert 2023 NFL Mock Draft Projections
These Jaxon Smith-Njigba mock draft projection picks can be found on the 2023 NFL Mock Drafts from ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL Network, Draft Network and Sporting News.