Tight End (4)
When free agency opened in 2020, the Browns made a huge splash by signing tight end Austin Hooper. There was an expectation that they would go after someone at the position given Kevin Stefanski’s affinity for multiple tight end sets, but with David Njoku (a first-round pick from 2017) on the roster, it didn’t seem as though they would go after the biggest fish in the pond.
They did though and agreed to pay Hooper $44 million over four seasons. So far, it seems as though that might have been an excessive amount because Hooper dropped in every major statistical category in 2020. He was still good, but they paid him to be more than good.
Entering 2021, his job is still safe, however, as is that of both David Njoku and Harrison Bryant. Njoku is arguably the most talented tight end on the team but he was relegated to third-string much of the season even though he improved greatly upon his blocking.
Bryant is a potential stud who is still learning the game at the NFL level but is a natural when it comes to route running.
Stefanski’s love for tight end forces us to keep four on the roster and Conner Davis beats out Stephen Carlson. This one could go either way but the athleticism of Davis is what makes the difference.