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Harrison Bryant NFL draft profile and fantasy projection

Florida Atlantic TE Harrison Bryant was the best offensive tight end in the country in 2019. Will he be able to turn his strong college play into NFL glory?

Harrison Bryant #40 of the Florida Atlantic Owls runs after the catch for a touchdown against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the first half at FAU Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Harrison Bryant switched from offensive lineman to tight end as a senior in high school, which hurt his ability to get interest from bigger schools — but playing at Florida Atlantic also gave him ample opportunity to show his ability. In his last two seasons he caught 110 passes for 1,666 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his final season, he topped 1,000 yards and won the John Mackey Award for being the top tight end in the country.

Scouting Report

Bryant looks to be the best offensive tight end going into this draft. There’s no doubt that this is a weak draft for tight ends, but Bryant is someone who has a real shot at being an offensive weapon in the NFL.

With his background as an offensive lineman in high school, Bryant is a good blocker but he’s not going to take on huge defensive ends at 6’5, 240 pounds. His offense is what will get him drafted and he doesn’t have the combine numbers you’d look for a Top-3 fantasy tight end, but we aren’t looking for that with Bryant. He’s capable of becoming an Austin Hooper type player in the right offense and much will depend on where he goes as to his early success in the NFL.

Bryant’s plus athletic traits, high football IQ and toughness as a blocker make him one of the most talented, well-rounded tight ends in this draft. He’s a little light to be considered for full-time work as a “Y” tight end, but his technique and tenacity should not be discounted in his ability to help the running game. 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. Bryant could become an early starter and has the talent to be a high volume pass-catching target as a move tight end. — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Mock Draft Results

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Not in mock
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Not in mock
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Not in mock
Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire: Not in mock

Fantasy impact: Rookie year

As it is with most tight ends, we can’t expect much from Bryant his rookie year. Even if he lands in the perfect spot, he’ll have a steep learning curve to get pass protections down while getting up to the speed of the NFL.

Fantasy impact: Career

Bryant has the most fantasy potential of the tight ends in this class but that’s not saying he’ll compete with the Travis Kelces of the world. With good development and the right team, Bryant has Top-10 fantasy upside and gets a big boost in 2TE leagues.