PHILADELPHIA – Cedar Grove's David Njoku, 20, was selected by the Cleveland Browns as the No. 29 draft pick in the first round of the NFL draft in Philadelphia Thursday.
The Cedar Grove High School graduate who played wide receiver for the Panthers had 76 receptions for 1,794 yards and 19 touchdowns during his high school career. As a tight end at the University of Miami, Njoku caught 43 passes for 698 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
In addition to football, Njoku was dominant on the track while in high school, competing in the high jump and winning the national championship in the spring of 2014. He was also a state champion in New Jersey that same year. His best jump was measured at six feet and 11 inches.
Cedar Grove Athletic Director Rob Gogerty, who coached Njoku in both football and basketball, called Njoku the ultimate competitor and named him as one of the best athletes to ever come through Cedar Grove High School. Gogerty said Njoku gave 100 percent all of he time, regardless of whether it was a game or practice and that competitive edge rubbed off on his teammates.
"One of the best things about David was that he committed himself to being a three sport star during his junior and senior years here at Cedar Grove High School, participating and excelling in football, basketball, and track and field throughout the year. I believe that commitment and drive has made him the athlete he has turned out to be," Gogerty said. "More importantly the best thing about David Njoku, is he is an absolute great and humble person who will give his time and energy to anyone he comes across. David deserves the best and I have no doubt that he will continue to succeed at the next level and represent CGHS."