Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba Visiting Bears, Panthers & Saints

According to Dan Hope, Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba said at his pro day this week that he will be taking top 30 visits with the Bears, Panthers and Saints

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Smith-Njigba has had a strong pre-draft process after a disappointing final college season where he was limited to just three games with a hamstring injury. 

He’s in the running to be the first receiver drafted with a few other players, potentially somewhere in the middle to end of the first round. All three of these teams need receivers, though all three have very different draft slots. 

Teams can host up to 30 players for interviews and medical evaluations at their own facilities, with players who live or go to college in the local area not counting toward those top 30.

Smith-Njigba, 21, holds the Ohio State records for most catches in a single game with 15 (twice) and most receiving yards in a single season with 1,606 during the 2021 season. He was third-team All-American in 2021 and declared for the 2023 NFL Draft after his junior season. 

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has him ranked as his No. 26 overall player and No. 4 receiver. NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein compares him to veteran WR Jarvis Landry.

During his three years with the Buckeyes, Smith-Njigba appeared in 22 games and caught 109 passes for 1,691 yards (15.5 YPC) and 10 touchdowns.

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