The Cleveland Browns need to find a TE3 and potential replacement for Harrison Bryant in this draft and these three players made their case in the 2023 NFL Combine
David Njoku isn't going anywhere soon, nor should he. Even with that being the case, the Cleveland Browns can use some more depth at the tight end position, especially with Harrison Bryant not stepping up as the No. 2 option in 2022.
Not only that, but Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal. That means the Browns should be looking for their next option behind Njoku and these three incoming rookies made a case for themselves during tight end drills on Saturday.
3 TEs that made their case for the Cleveland Browns at the 2023 NFL Combine
3. Brenton Strange, Penn State
A redshirt junior, Brenton Strange came into the NFL Combine without much fanfare. He progressed each season with Penn State but never put up eye-popping numbers as a pass-catcher. His final season was his best as he had 32 receptions for 362 yards and five touchdowns but still wasn't seen as a great option in the receiving game — although he is a solid blocker which is needed as a backup tight end.
On Saturday, he was able to show off some of his skill which increased his stock. He ran clean routes and while he did have a drop on a deep pass, he looked the part of an NFL tight end. He even drew praise from Daniel Jeremiah during the broadcast, who said this is one of the best classes the league has seen at the position in a decade.
Strange won't be an early pick, so he could be someone to watch should Cleveland be interested in filling more pressing holes first and then adding some depth on day three.