Projected Top Wide Receiver In 2023 Draft Crushes Drills At Pro Day

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a highly-touted wide receiver from Ohio State, is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

He missed running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine due to a hamstring injury, but he recently participated in Ohio State's pro day where he posted an unofficial time of 4.53 seconds, which scouts later recorded between 4.48 and 4.52 seconds.
For comparison, Smith-Njigba's time was faster than Amon-Ra St. Brown's, DeAndre Hopkins, and Ceedee Lamb's back when they did it.

This time, coupled with his impressive agility and quickness in other drills, including the 3-cone and shuttle, solidifies his potential as a top receiver prospect.

Although he is not a pure speed wideout, Smith-Njigba's overall skill set, versatility, and ability to play multiple receiver positions make him a valuable asset for any team.
Despite doubts about his ability to play on the outside long-term, his performance at Ohio State's pro day should all but cement him as the top receiver prospect in league circles, and he is expected to be a heavy favorite to be the first wide receiver off the board in the upcoming draft. Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports