Jaxon Smith-Njigba Fantasy profile: Dynasty ranking, five-tool grades, recent comparables and more
Chris Olave's rookie season was unbelievable. Olave's collegiate teammate, Garrett Wilson, was not quite as efficient on a per-route basis, but it was Wilson who finished with more receiving yards (1,103) and took home the NFL Rookie of the Year honors. And yet Olave and Wilson may not have been the most impressive members of their own collegiate receiving corps. Their former teammate, Jaxson Smith-Njigba, now has a chance to prove himself at the NFL level.
When Wilson, Olave, and Smith-Njigba were all members of the same Ohio State offense in 2021, it was not Wilson or Olave who led the team in receiving. Now set to run routes next to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Smith-Njigba will again have to fight for every target. He's already shown that he can produce unbelievable efficiency while filling a secondary role, so should we have any concerns about the 20th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft producing amid a crowded Seattle receiver room?
Below, you'll find Smith-Njigba's Dynasty prospect grade based on five factors. His Peripherals grade is determined by draft capital, breakout age and a few other factors. His Route Readiness grade examines his ability to draw targets and convert them into yards on the five most-common NFL receiver routes. His Volume Potential grade keys in on target share metrics. His Explosiveness grade is determined by YAC and deep-target data. His Yardage Creation grade centers around yards per route run rate, which is the single most important metric for Fantasy receiver evaluation.
This profile is part of our series diving deep into the 2023 NFL Draft wide receiver class. You can find profiles for all the key rookie receivers on the home page for this series along with links to each leg of the grading system. And if all you want to see is my Dynasty receiver rookie rankings, you can find them there too.
Now let's get into my evaluation of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, which includes his rankings among the class in each grade and overall, plus my analysis and similar profiles from other recent NFL Draft prospects.
So where does Smith-Njigba's grade rank among this rookie class? And which recent receiver prospects have comparable evaluations? ... Join SportsLine here to see Jacob Gibbs' analysis of the top rookie wide receivers, all from one of the nation's most accurate experts as graded by FantasyPros!
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