INDIANAPOLIS–David Njoku came here to break a record, but didn’t quite get there.
Njoku, a first-round tight end prospect from the University of Miami, took aim at the NFL Combine mark for broad jump this afternoon and came in at 11 feet, one inch. That was second among tight end prospects this year and fell more than a foot short of Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones’ 2015 broad jump of 12 feet, three inches.
Virginia Tech’s Bucky Hodges outdid Njoku at 11 feet, two inches. Hodges’ distance is a new record for tight ends at the Combine.
Njoku said Friday he expected to break the record and explained why he thinks it’s relevant to the draft process.
“Broad jump relates to power, just standing and taking your body a certain amount of feet — that’s power,” he said.
Njoku is widely thought to be one of the top two tight ends in this year’s class and could be a top-10 pick. He had 43 catches for 698 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior for the Hurricanes last season.
The Dolphins need a tight end in this year’s draft, but seem unlikely to take one in the first round unless a prized talent like Njoku or O.J. Howard slides to them at No. 22.
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