First WR off the board to Seattle
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-27
The Seahawks selected Smith-Njigba in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 20th overall.
Smith-Njigba was widely expected to go in the top 12 or so, meaning at 20 the former Ohio State star looks like a bargain for the Seahawks. Tyler Lockett will be tough to displace from two-wideout formations, something the Seahawks run often as they trot out many multi-TE sets, but whenever Lockett declines it will be Smith-Njigba that the Seahawks depend on to step up. Smith-Njigba should make an immediate impact when Seattle goes three wide, likely running from the slot most of the time. At 6-foot-1, 196 pounds Smith-Njigba has only an average build and his 4.52-second pro day 40 time might have been more like a 4.60 on the combine track, but his excellent agility testing (6.57-second three-cone drill, 3.93-second 20-yard shuttle) should make Smith-Njigba stand out from the slot.
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Shows off agility
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-04
Smith-Njigba ran a 6.57 three-cone drill and 3.93 short shuttle at the NFL Combine on Saturday, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network reports.
Smith-Njigba was sidelined for much of the college football season for Ohio State due to a hamstring injury, but he showed up to the combine fully healthy. That was evident in his agility testing, as both his three-cone and short shuttle times were elite. Smith-Njigba did not run the 40-yard dash, but he still likely helped his draft status Saturday.
Declares himself 100 percent
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-03
Smith-Njigba (hamstring) said he's 100 percent healthy, according to ESPN's Turron Davenport.
After catching 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore at Ohio State in 2021, Smith-Njigba appeared in just five games as a junior last season due to lingering hamstring issues. He'll compete in all drills at the combine this week except for the 40-yard dash, which he'll do at the Buckeyes' Pro Day. Smith-Njigba is expected to be a first-round pick in next month's draft.