Late Round Pickup No. 1: Brenton Strange (TE, Penn State)
A lot of the Browns offseason talking points have revolved around the team shifting their offensive philosophy and becoming a pass heavy unit. And rightly so. You do not pay a quarterback $230 million dollars to minimize the effect that they have on the game.
But even though the Browns want to increase their passing volume and open their offense up, they still need to invest in skill positions other than wide receiver. With this year’s tight end class being touted as the deepest in recent memory, you can expect Andrew Berry to snag him one in the later rounds.
That brings us to Brenton Strange. Strange has all the necessary tools to be an eventual starter in the league, with enough intangibles to make him valuable to a roster immediately. At 6-foot-4 and 253 pounds, Strange is physical enough to contribute as an in-line blocker and as a H-back if needed.
Strange checked all the boxes during physical testing at the combine: 4.7 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical, 10-foot-4 in the broad jump, and 23 reps on the bench-press. But it was Strange’s on-field work, that left the biggest impression. Strange demonstrated strong hands and body control in the gauntlet, and then showed he could do the dirty work on the sled.
While Brenton Strange is not getting the headlines that some of the other higher profile tight ends are getting, the Penn State product will make a solid addition to whatever team calls his name. If Strange is still sitting on the board in round six…I think he would look good in brown and orange.