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

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1. Zach Kuntz, Old Dominion

Another redshirt senior that made his case on Saturday was Old Dominion's Zack Kuntz. Originally a member of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Kuntz transferred ahead of the 2021 season and had a huge year with 73 receptions for 692 yards and five touchdowns.

He missed much of the 2022 campaign and had just 12 receptions in five games. Even so, he was expected to light up the NFL Combine, which is exactly what he did.

Kuntz ran a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash which is insane considering he's nearly 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds. He wasn't the fastest at the position as Will Mallory beat him with a 4.54, but Kuntz did wind up with the top vertical jump. In fact, his 40-inch jump was the best by a player of his size since 2003.

There are concerns about Kuntz at the next level, however. Not only was he only an average blocker but he's still very inexperienced overall. Despite being in the NCAA for five total seasons, he made just 15 career starts.

Having said that, his ceiling is incredibly high as a pass-catcher. And with Deshaun Watson under center, the Browns are likely to lean toward that potential over blocking — especially when it comes to throwing darts late in the draft. And despite his great showing, Kuntz is still likely a day three pick, which actually makes it more likely Cleveland gives him a look.