Jaxon Smith-Njigba Heisman Odds: Ohio State WR is Among Heisman Favorites

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Heisman Odds: Ohio State WR is Among Heisman Favorites
By Mike Ferguson
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

His quarterback C.J. Stroud is the early Heisman Trophy favorite, but don’t sleep on Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Smith-Njigba currently holds +2500 odds to win the Heisman, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Odds to Win Heisman Trophy

Fresh off a Rose Bowl performance for the ages, Smith-Njigba is tied for the sixth-best odds to win the Heisman in 2022. Among players with the 20 best odds, Smith-Njigba is the only wide receiver.

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State+220
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama+400
Caleb Williams, QB, USC+700
Will Anderson, LB, Alabama+1600
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State+2200
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas+2200
⭐️ Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State+2500
Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma+3000
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama+3000
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (Fl.)+3500
Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas+3500
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida+4000
Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee+4000
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson+4500
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky+5000
Devin Leary, QB, NC State+5000
Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina+5500
Haynes King, QB, Texas A&M+5500
Cameron Rising, QB, Utah+6000
Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville+6000

Smith-Njigba’s season ended with a bang. In a 48-45 win over Utah, Smith-Njigba set Rose Bowl record with 15 catches for 347 yards – good for fifth-most all-time. He added three touchdowns in the win in being named the game’s MVP.

Last season, Smith-Njigba had one of the best campaigns ever for a Big Ten receiver, breaking Lee Evans’ conference record with 1,606 yards receiving – tops among all Power 5 receivers. His 95 catches ranked in the top five all-time among Big Ten players. Smith-Njigba ranked in the top 10 nationally in both categories. 

At 6-foot-0 and less than 200 pounds, Smith-Njigba is not overly big for his position but has enough bulk to be a complete receiver. In addition to the receptions and yards, Smith-Njigba finished with nine touchdowns and averaged nearly 17 yards per catch. Smith-Njigba eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark seven times last season, including in each of the Buckeyes’ final five games. 

2023 Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft First Overall Odds

Jaxon Smith-Njigba currently holds +1500 odds to be selected first overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. That’s tied for the fifth-best odds. No wide receiver has been selected No. 1 overall since Keyshawn Johnson in 1996. Barring major regression in 2022, Smith-Njigba is sure to be one of the top receiving prospects in 2023.

CJ Stroud, Quarterback+200
Bryce Young, Quarterback+200
Will Anderson, Linebacker+300
⭐️ Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver+1500
Paris Johnson, O-Lineman+1600
Will Levis, Quarterback+1600
Tyler Van Dyke, Quarterback+2000
Tanner McKee, Quarterback+2000
Jalen Carter, D-Lineman+3000
Peter Skoronski, O-Lineman+3000
Phil Jurkovec, Quarterback+3000
Bryan Bresee, D-Lineman+4000
Eli Ricks, Cornerback+4000
Justin Flowe, Linebacker+4000
Hendon Hooker, Quarterback+4000
Spencer Rattler, Quarterback+5000
Jaren Hall, Quarterback+5000
Nolan Smith, Linebacker+6000
Myles Murphy, D-Lineman+6000

Things to Know About Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Smith-Njigba is a health sciences major. In addition to being Rose Bowl MVP, Smith-Njigba was recognized as a third-team All-American by the Associated Press as well as a third-team All-Big Ten.

Who Are Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s Parents?

Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s parents are Jami Smith and Maada Smith-Njigba. Maada Smith-Njigba, the father, is a fire rescue officer in Dallas who played college football at Stephen F. Austin. Mother Jami Smith is a social worker. 

Where Did Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s Go to High School?

Jaxon Smith-Njigba attended Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas. A member of the 2020 recruiting class, Smith-Njigba was a five-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and the 6A Player of the Year in Texas. Smith-Njigba ranked as the No. 29 overall prospect and the fifth-best wide receiver.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba Rose Bowl Stats

Jaxon Smith-Njigba recorded 15 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns in last season’s 48-45 Rose Bowl win over Pac-12 champion Utah. In the process, Smith-Njigba broke Rose Bowl and Ohio State records. Smith-Njigba’s three touchdowns each came from at least 30 yards out and totaled 152 yards. He became the first receiver to earn Rose Bowl MVP honors since Oregon’s Lavasier Tuine in 2012.

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