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Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku catches a pass during NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Berea, Ohio. /

2. David Njoku – Tight End

David Njoku is one of the most interesting players on the roster. I think he may be the most talented tight end on the roster, but he just doesn’t fit the Kevin Stefanski scheme very well. Njoku is a freak athlete that is a wide receiver in the body of a tight end.

His blocking improved substantially in 2020, but he is meant to be split out and can beat coverage against most linebackers and safeties in the league.

Starting last year, Njoku was the third-string tight-end, but ended up being one of the most consistent players on the offense but had a setback with an injury.

I expect Njoku to be tight end two this year. He improved his blocking substantially and will be motivated to get his stock up going into free agency. It will be sad to see a guy with so much talent leave the organization, but one that just makes sense.

Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant appear to be the long-term option, but Njoku can still be a factor this season. The Browns may be motivated to trade him this year just to try and keep him out of the AFC.

In the right organization, Njoku could end up being a major receiving threat that the Browns don’t want to face unless they must.