Jaxon Smith-Njigba
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Smith-Njigba in 2023
No. 11 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (2002-02-14) February 14, 2002 (age 22)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Rockwall (Rockwall, Texas)
College:Ohio State (2020–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receiving yards:628
Receiving average:9.97
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jaxon Smith-Njigba (/ɪnˈɪɡbə/ in-JIG-bə; born February 14, 2002) is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he set school records for most catches in a single game with 15 (twice) and most receiving yards in a single season with 1,606 in 2021. Smith-Njigba was selected 20th overall by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Early years

Smith-Njigba grew up in Rockwall, Texas, and attended Rockwall High School.[1] Smith-Njigba led all high school football players in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex with 97 receptions for 1,828 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season.[2] As a senior, he caught 104 passes for 2,094 yards and 35 touchdowns and was named the recipient of both the Landry Award and the Texas Gatorade Football Player of the Year award.[3][4] Smith-Njigba played in the 2019 All-American Bowl and was named a high school All-American by Sports Illustrated and USA Today.[5][6] Smith-Njigba finished his high school career with 5,346 career receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in 44 games played.[7] A 5 star prospect and the #5 ranked wide receiver in the nation, Smith-Njigba received offers from many top college football programs including Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ole Miss. Ultimately, however, he committed to Ohio State University.[8][9]

College career

Smith-Njigba played in seven games as a freshman and led Ohio State's freshmen with 10 receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown.[10]

He was named a starter at the slot receiver position for the Buckeyes going into his sophomore season.[11] On November 6, 2021, Smith-Njigba recorded 15 receptions (single game school record) for 240 yards (the second most receiving yards in a game in school history at the time) and one touchdown in a 26–17 win against Nebraska.[12] Later that season, he set both an Ohio State single game and FBS Bowl record for receiving yards with 347 in Ohio State's win in the 2022 Rose Bowl.[13] In that game, he also recorded 15 receptions (tying his own record set in the aforementioned Nebraska game) and passed David Boston for the single season receiving yards record at Ohio State with 1,606.

Smith-Njigba was limited to just three games in 2022 due to a hamstring injury and his decision to not participate in the College Football Playoff. In addition, Smith-Njigba announced that he would pass on from his senior year of college and enter the 2023 NFL Draft.[14]

College statistics

Season Games Receiving Returning
GP GS Rec Yards Avg TD Att Yards Avg TD
2020 7 0 10 49 4.9 1 3 11 3.7 0
2021 13 13 95 1,606 16.9 9 8 60 7.5 0
2022 3 3 5 43 8.6 0 0 0 0.0 0
Career[15] 22 15 109 1,691 15.5 10 11 71 6.5 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+58 in
(1.84 m)
196 lb
(89 kg)
30+12 in
(0.77 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.52 s 1.65 s 2.61 s 3.93 s 6.57 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)

Smith-Njigba was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft.[18]

He caught his first regular-season NFL pass Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams with a one-yard completion from Geno Smith.[19] Smith-Njigba started his first game Week 7 of that year after starter DK Metcalf was sidelined due to a rib injury;[20] during that game, he caught his first career touchdown pass on a 28-yard pass from Smith.[21]

On October 29, Smith-Njigba caught the game winning touchdown pass from Smith on screen pass against the Cleveland Browns. On December 18, Smith-Njigba caught the game winning touchdown pass from Drew Lock on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL career statistics

Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2023 SEA 17 3 63 628 10 35 4
Career 17 3 63 628 10 35 4

Personal life

Smith-Njigba is of half Sierra Leonean descent.[22] His paternal grandparents are from Sierra Leone.[23] Smith-Njigba's older brother, Canaan Smith-Njigba, plays for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB).[24]


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