SCOUTING REPORT: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR (2023)

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◊ good route runner who excels at finding soft spots in a defense

» knows how to get open and give the QB an open throwing lane

» sinks hips in his breaks

» creating immediate separation in release

» baiting DBs to open up early with nuance & winning leverage early in routes; manipulative with his stems & jabs

» menace on in-breaking routes; working the middle of the field

◊ working back to the QB when a play breaks down/staying active

◊ adjusting to lower thrown passes

◊ maintaining catch thru contact + catching in traffic

◊ creating YAC opportunities with agility & field vision; more "slippery" than twitchy/speedy

◊ versatility

◊ tracking the ball in the air

◊ willing blocker


Ø essentially missed entire 2022 season with injury

Ø lets a lot of passes into his body vs catching with his hands; double catches a good bit

Ø overall long speed is lacking; can get caught from behind easily; play speed looks slow for a WR

Ø suddenness/quick twitch

(RD 2 - Early Contributor)