New Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant joins a crowded field at the position.
After being selected with the No. 115 overall pick in the fourth round, Bryant will join the likes of Austin Hooper and David Njoku.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end out of Florida Atlantic University has never backed down from a challenge, so he won’t start now.
Among his hard work ethic and strong football resume, here are three things to know about the team’s fourth-round pick.
1. A Converted OT
Bryant grew up in Gray, Georgia, where he attended John Milledge Academy.
At the small private school, Bryant played baseball, basketball, and was a two-way starter for the football team.
However, Bryant played offensive tackle for the first three years of his high school career.
It was not until his senior season that he played the tight end position.
In his senior year, he finished the season with 39 receptions for 608 yards and 10 touchdowns but also included 100 tackles and 11.0 sacks on defense.
And with the 115th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft… the Cleveland Browns select Harrison Bryant, tight end from Florida Atlantic University! Congratulations to the John Milledge Academy Class of 2016 alum for reaching this huge next step in his playing career! pic.twitter.com/g6GIzGYgMq
— Gil Pound (@GilPound_URNews) April 25, 2020
2. The Best Tight End In Football
While Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet gained all the attention, many forget that it was Bryant that won the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end.
Bryant led all Division I tight ends with 65 receptions for 1,004 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
He was named First-Team All-Conference USA as well as a consensus First-Team All-American, becoming the first-ever FAU player to accomplish the feat.
In his career, Bryant finished with 148 receptions for 2,137 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Harrison Bryant gets his first of the year with a 3rd down conversion spanning 14 yards! Watch as he runs right through the #ODU defenders, refusing to go down!
PAT is good.
21-3 FAU, 9:39 2Q pic.twitter.com/xhDEzybKi7
— FAU Owl’s Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) October 26, 2019
3. Compared to George Kittle
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared Bryant to San Francisco 49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle before the draft started.
In summary, here is the summary of his scouting report:
- High football IQ and possesses toughness as a blocker
- Concerns regarding his ability as a full-time “Y” tight end
- Technique and tenacity will provide aide in the run game
- Could become an “early starter” and has the talent to be a “high volume” pass-catching target
Some detail on #Browns new TE Harrison Bryant, per his NFL draft profile.
– 6’5” 243 Ibs
– second highest rates TE prospect
– NFL comparison is George Kittle
– great blocker – pass or run
– needs some work on route running and pass catching
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) April 25, 2020
It just seems that each day quarterback Baker Mayfield receives a new target on offense.
Bryant is viewed as a potential threat in the passing game.
If that is true, the team could have two legitimate receivers and two legitimate tight ends in the offensive scheme.