The 2023 NFL Draft is set for the end of April, and one receiver looking to make an immediate impact is Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The 21-year-old is a dynamic playmaker who could impact an NFL team right away. Which team will take a shot on the Ohio State wideout? Find out Smith-Njigba’s NFL Draft odds below.
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The Ohio State WR is currently projected to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/fyW1MwoNSX
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Jaxon Smith-Njigba Is One Of The Best Wide Receiver Prospects In 2023
At Ohio State, Smith-Njigba became one of the nation’s most dynamic wideouts.
After seeing little action as a freshman, Smith-Njigba won a starting position heading into his sophomore season, and No. 11 did not disappoint.
On a team with future NFL first-round wide receivers Chris Olave (New Orleans Saints) and Garrett Wilson (New York Jets), Smith-Njigba led Ohio State in catches (95) and receiving yards (1,606) during the 2021 season. Smith-Njigba also caught nine touchdowns.
Smith-Njigba saved his best performance for the biggest stage. In the 2022 Rose Bowl against Utah, Smith-Njigba caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The 15 receptions and 347 yards were Ohio State records, and the receiving yards were an FBS Bowl record.
A hamstring injury sidelined Smith-Njigba for most of the 2022 season, as the junior only played in three games.
Despite his small frame (6’1” and 196 pounds), most mock drafts have Smith-Njigba going in the first round. Cynthia Frelund of NFL Network has Smith-Njigba going to the Green Bay Packers at No. 15, and Fox Sports has the receiver being taken by the New York Giants at No. 25.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft 2023 Odds
Which team will select the Ohio State receiver in the 2023 NFL Draft?
According to BetOnline, the Houston Texans are the favorite (+400). The Texans have two picks in the first round: No. 2 and No. 11. Barring a trade, the second pick will most likely be used on a quarterback. However, the Texans could help out their rookie quarterback by pairing him with Smith-Njigba at No. 11.
Another team that could be in the mix for Smith-Njigba is the New York Giants (+800). The Giants made the playoffs in 2022 despite multiple injuries to their starting receiving corps. With Wan’Dale Robinson and Sterling Shepard recovering from injuries, Smith-Njigba could step right into the slot for the Giants’ offense.
BetOnline also lists the Chicago Bears (+500), New England Patriots (+550), and Baltimore Ravens (+800) in the top five favorites to take Smith-Njigba.
View the entire odds chart via BetOnline below.
Which Team Will Draft Jaxon Smith-Njigba?
|New England Patriots||+550|
|New York Giants||+800|
|Green Bay Packers||+800|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+2000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+2500|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+2800|
|New York Jets||+3300|
|New Orleans Saints||+3300|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+4000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+5000|
|Los Angeles Rams||+5000|
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