On the clock: Pick No. 12: Houston Texans – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Mock Draft 1.0: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Mock Draft 2.0: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
The media drastically overhyped how good the receiver class was this season, with only Jaxon Smith-Njigba seen as a true first-round prospect by teams. Even if Houston doesn’t come out of the draft with a quarterback, they definitely need multiple upgrades at receiver.
Smith-Njigba had 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021 despite being the third receiver behind Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave at Ohio State. He’s been a bit under the radar as injuries derailed his 2022 season, but he’s still seen as the best receiver in the class.
Ohio State knows how to develop receives and make them NFL-ready, and Smith-Njigba is no exception. He runs a good route tree from his time at the Buckeyes, has a good size (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) and excellent hands for plucking out passes.
Smith-Njigba might not have the blazing speed to be a true separation threat in the NFL, but he has the functional athleticism and excellent route running that will see him make a lot of big plays as a pro.