3 tight ends that made their case for the Cleveland Browns at the 2023 NFL Combine

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NFL Combine, Payne Durham, Browns
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2. Payne Durham, Purdue

At 6-foot-6 and 253 pounds, Payne Durham looks the part of an NFL tight end. He played in four seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers and showed progress in each and every year.

By his final campaign, he was able to haul in 56 receptions for 560 yards with eight touchdowns. He was also a willing blocker, capable of playing in-line. As impressive as that was, he gained traction due to a few highlight-reel plays during his career as he proved to be hard to take down after the catch.

One thing that's certain when wacthing his is that Durham is a perfect fit in Cleveland's offense due to his versatility. The only question is if Andrew Berry — who kind of debunked their age restrictions this week — would be willing to take a redshirt senior.

The good news is, Berry does seem to get more relaxed later in the draft and Durham entered the week considered a day three selection. However, that might have changed after he displayed great route running and impressive ball tracking.

His best example of this came when he was able to haul in a pass on a deep route drill, which wasn't thrown to the perfect spot. Durham didn't flinch and instead simply hauled in the pass with his arms in full extension.