Former NFL receiver has high praise for Jaxon Smith-Njigba
There have been varying opinions about Jaxon Smith-Njigba since a nagging hamstring injury kept him out of most of the 2022 season. Some questioned his toughness. Some questioned his love for the game. Others respected the decision to sit out. It always amazes me how many medical experts there are on social media.
Coming into the season, Smith-Njigba was seen as a Heisman front-runner and many thought he could be a top-five pick in the NFL draft. After the injury, we’ve heard top-10 pick all the way to the third round. Some believe it’s because he doesn’t have top-end speed, but let’s be honest, there’s a lot more to being an NFL receiver than just a 40 time. Does anyone remember names like Darrius Heyward-Bey or John Ross? Not for their NFL careers.
Now a former NFL star receiver is coming to Smith-Njigba’s defense. Steve Smith, who played the majority of his career with the Carolina Panthers and was one of the best in his time in the league, gave the former Buckeye receiver high praise on Twitter.
Smith said that while Smith-Njigba might not be the fastest receiver in the draft, the youngster “has his Ph.D. in route running.” Smith went on to rave about Smith-Njigba despite what all the naysayers would want you to believe. Check out the full clip below courtesy of Smith’s personal Twitter account.
Thanks Og! one of my favorite players of all time!!!…but I'm more than a "slot" I'm a playmaker from whatever spot on the field you put me at. You'll see..Much love 🙏🏽 https://t.co/GEByDrM3lS
— JSN (@jaxon_smith1) February 23, 2023
Smith-Njigba was thankful for the kind words but also wanted to let the world know despite the praise, he’s more than just a great route runner, but a playmaker.
Certainly, Buckeye Nation has witnessed Smith-Njigba’s playmaking ability. Now the rest of the world will get to see his abilities wherever he may land. And should that be later than the first round … well, someone is going to get a steal in the draft.
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