Cleveland Browns roster prediction: Tight End (3)
Sometimes the best thing a team can do is admit a mistake. The Browns did this when they franchise-tagged David Nkjoku and then released Austin Hooper. While Hooper wasn’t as bad as it seemed during his time in Cleveland, there was also no reason to pay him as much as they did when they already had Njoku on the roster.
One of three picks Cleveland added in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft, Njoku has developed as a blocker and is now a very well-rounded tight end. He was also arguably the most reliable pass-catcher they had on the team in 2021 — but he still didn’t get nearly enough targets.
Third-year player Harrison Bryant has put up 471 yards and six touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league and is ready for an expanded role. With Cleveland not adding anyone in the draft, he should get that opportunity.
As for the third spot, this is merely a guess. Zaire Mitchell-Paden is the top prospect they added as an undrafted free agent and without another signing, he could be the one to make the team.
Cleveland only goes with three tight ends since fullback Johnny Stanton can help in that role in a pinch if needed. They will surely keep players on the practice squad as well.