The Browns added Austin Hooper in free agency but that didn’t stop them from making another move in the draft as they took FAU’s Harrison Bryant in the fourth round.
Out of all the reserve tight ends on the roster, rookie Harrison Bryant seems to be the only one guaranteed a spot. He comes in with an impressive resume at Florida Atlantic that saw him improve every single season with the team.
By his senior year, Bryant had become a huge threat in the passing game and had 65 receptions for 1,004 yards with seven touchdowns. Should Cleveland decide to move on from David Njoku, Bryant could end up filling in his spot and doing extremely well.
Fighting for a spot
Behind Bryant, the Browns have a couple of experienced options. Right now, one could make the team but the chances of that increase greatly if they do honor the trade request.
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 258-pounds, Pharaoh Brown is a large body and he has a good chance of making the Browns roster right now simply due to his blocking ability. Brown stood out as a great pass blocker and was above average in the run game.
He played in nine games with six starts for Cleveland last season and while he had just two receptions for 27 yards, it was his blocking that really stood out.
Like Pharaoh Brown, Stephen Carlson performed well when asked to help in the blocking department on pass plays, but he struggled more in the ground game. However, he stood out more as a pass-catcher than Brown did.
Carlson also played in nine games last season with five starts and he finished with 51 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Undrafted out of Princeton, Carlson was a solid find as a rookie and could end up being the choice over Brown simply due to his youth.
An undrafted rookie out of Iowa, Nate Wieting has a long road ahead of him as he tries to make the Browns roster. He’s fortunate that there’s a new staff with no ties to anyone outside of Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant, which could help him tremendously.
Having said that, he’s also a player who will be hurt by the absence of rookie mini-camps and the preseason, since that would have been valuable time for him to make an impression.