Instant Reaction: Browns Select Harrison Bryant

The Cleveland Browns selected Florida Atlantic tight end, Harrison Bryant, with the 115th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

PLAYER PROFILE
A three-year starter for Florida Atlantic, Bryant was the best tight end in college football last season winning the John Mackey Award and a unanimous All-American with 65 catches for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns.

He has struggled as a blocker and tries hard according to scouting reports but doesn’t have the strength to be able to contain pass rushers on the edge.

HOW DOES BRYANT FIT IN THE TIGHT END ROOM
The Cleveland Browns may have the deepest tight end room in the NFL as things stand right now depending on who you ask. Cleveland signed Austin Hooper in free agency and still has David Njoku whom they drafted in 2017. The Browns have until May 3 to decide whether or not they’ll pick up Njoku’s fifth-year option.

It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll utilize these three tight ends but head coach Kevin Stefanski comes from Minnesota where he had Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. at his disposal and he made it work with them so it’s clear he has a plan in mind for Hooper, Njoku and Bryant.

ANALYSIS
It was a back and forth debate throughout the offseason whether or not the Browns would add another tight end in the draft with Hooper and Njoku on the roster but it’s clear that they were interested in tight ends based on pre-draft virtual visits.

Bryant adds another athletic weapon to the offense and he’ll have time to develop behind Hooper and Njoku unless they plan on moving on from Njoku at some point before the 2020 season.

GRADE: B

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