Tight End: B
The tight end group for Cleveland is much improved from last year. David Njoku was TE1 entering last year but broke his wrist early and then had a few healthy scratches late in the year. It was a mystery why he was not on the field when healthy, much like that of Rashard Higgins.
Njoku still has plenty of talent and a high ceiling in this league. This is a big year for him to prove his worth. The Browns brought in Austin Hooper who is one of the top young tight ends in the NFL, Austin Hooper. Hooper has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons.
Hooper brings a sure-handed playmaker to the middle of the Browns’ offense. He can be a real weapon for Mayfield as well as a good security blanket. The Browns also added Harrison Bryant in the draft out of Florida Atlantic. He won the John Mackey Award for the best tight end in the nation. He’s the first player not from a power-5 school to win the award.
He can split out wide, play fullback/H-back, or play traditional tight end. He can be a versatile player in the Browns offense.
Between Hooper, Njoku, and Bryant, Cleveland really has a quietly good tight end group. Look for them to perhaps rank higher than a B by the end of the year.