1. Harrison Bryant was one of the most reliable tight ends in college football last season and led all FBS tight ends with 65 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He won the 2019 John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top tight end, and became the first non-Power 5 conference player to win the award. He was also the first college football tight end to finish with more than 1,000 receiving yards since 2013.
2. Bryant's biggest concern from NFL draft analysts was his size. He's 6-foot-5 but doesn't have the most ideal bulk for the tight end position and weighed in at 243 pounds at the scouting combine. Bryant's upside is still tremendous, though, and NFL.com's Lance Zierlein even compared Bryant to 49ers All-Pro George Kittle in his draft profile. "He's instinctive in space with speed and separation talent to work all three levels and gives offensive coordinators the freedom to line him up all over the field," Zierlein wrote. "Bryant could become an early starter and has the talent to be a high volume pass-catching target as a move tight end."
The Browns have selected Harrison Bryant in the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Bryant was a quick learner at the tight end position. He made the transition from offensive tackle to tight end in his senior year at John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, Georgia, and, as a result of the late position change, only received a few FCS offers. He found a role at FAU when offensive coordinator Travis Trickett left Samford, one of the schools that originally offered Bryant, for his position with the Owls.
4. Bryant is capable of playing a variety of different roles in coach Kevin Stefanski's offense. At FAU, he was primarily the "F" tight end and played both inline and detached. "I feel like I can bring a lot of versatility to the team and line up wherever I'm asked," Bryant said in his post-pick conference call. "I'll do whatever I need to do to help the team win."
5. Bryant gave some strong examples when he was asked about his confidence in translating his success from a Group of Five school to the NFL. Last season against Ohio State, Bryant led all Owls receivers with six catches for 79 yards. He also led FAU against UCF, one of the top Group of Five schools in the nation, with 51 receiving yards on four receptions.