Tight End (4)
Kevin Stefanski loves to utilize the two tight end formation. For that reason, the Browns go four-deep at the position in this prediction.
This past offseason, general manager Andrew Berry was very aggressive and signed former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper to a four-year deal. Hooper is now the highest-paid at his position and will be a focal point of the team’s offense.
He’s popular due to his ability to stretch the field in the passing game but Hooper is also great in the run game as a blocker. That’s going to endear him to this coaching staff while also making him an invaluable member of this team.
Even though he’s asked for a trade, David Njoku is on this roster prediction since the team is saying they have no plans to trade him. The question is how he fits in.
Sure, Stefanski runs a two tight end set but that offense is dependent on the second tight end being a good blocker — which is an area Njoku struggles. Still, he’s a threat in the passing game and a great athlete. They’ll find a way to get him rolling as long as he’s on the team.
Rookie Harrison Bryant is the third tight end on the roster but he has a whole lot of upside. He was a pass-catching machine at FAU and in addition to being a tight end, he can also line up in the backfield as an H-back. He’s an exciting prospect and if Njoku is traded, they’ll still be fine at the position thanks to Bryant.
Pharoah Brown makes it as the fourth tight end and while he hasn’t done much in terms of catching the ball as a pro, he’s very good in the blocking department. That’s his key to the team in 2020.