Jaxon Smith-Njigba: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Jaxon Smith-Njigba: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 198 lbs
  • College: Ohio State
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Wide Receiver


  • A savvy receiver who does everything with ease
  • Seems to do everything right.
  • Reliable and consistent
  • A fantastic route runner. 
  • A pure separator who can win in multiple different ways
  • Has all the nuances to manipulate defenders.
  • Can sell his routes and fakes really well
  • Has incredible technique and is wise above his years.
  • He is a space finder both during the route and after the catch
  • After the catch is tricky and elusive.
  • Footwork is extremely quick.
  • A smooth athlete who glides across the field
  • Has great stop-start ability. can change pace easily.  
  • He is really difficult to tackle. Extremely slippery and squirmy
  • Plays with great body control and balance
  • Has high football IQ
  • Has incredible awareness and anticipation
  • He can read the field really well. Diagnoses coverages and exploits them. He knows what the defenders are going to do before they do
  • Incredibly productive


  • He isn’t overly explosive and lacks a bit of suddenness
  • He also lacks some top-end speed. He is more crafty than speedy
  • He has operated mainly over the middle and needs to develop his ability to compete on the outside.
  • Isn’t going to be a #1 WR and projects best as a slot or #2 guy.
  • HAd hamstring injuries in 2022 which saw him only play in 5 games


Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a crafty, savvy receiver who seems to do everything right. His best traits come in his route running where he can use his great football IQ to separate. He is a fantastic route runner who has the nuances to manipulate defenders and the awareness to pop up in space. Smith-Njigba makes the right decisions and reads the field, reacting to coverages and finding space. While he does lack top-end speed and he isn’t overly explosive as an athlete,  He wins as a devious, cunning runner who is consistent and reliable. There should be no question that Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be a go-to weapon at the next level, who will continue to be productive

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