Nakia Griffin-Stewart, Tight End, Rutgers
Griffin-Stewart has a ton of potential, but naturally, Rutgers found a way to squander all of it between coaching changes, position changes, and just general mass confusion, Griffin-Stewart didn’t quite make the impact he was expected to.
The 6’5”, 255-pound redshirt junior tight end could make a big impact with a team that can actually throw the ball though. Last year, Rutgers quarterbacks legitimately completed under 50% of their passes for under 1600 yards while also throwing 22 interceptions to just 5 touchdowns. Let’s be honest here, nobody could have succeeded in that offense so it makes sense why Griffin-Stewart wants to try his chances elsewhere.
Upon the announcement of his transfer, a website covering the Scarlet Knights spoke glowingly of Griffin-Stewart.
While many Iowa football fans may give pause to the Hawks bringing in a former Rutgers player as a graduate transfer, Griffin-Stewart is a high-ceiling guy that could make a huge impact on an Iowa football team that doesn’t have much experience at tight end. If nothing else, with that kind of size, he would be quite the red zone target. Lastly, similar to Penniston above, Griffin-Stewart has 11 more catches in his career than every single tight end on the Hawk’s roster combined.
Pull the trigger Kirk!