Jason Reed: Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
“The tight end position definitely is not as valued as the running back or wide receiver positions for the LA Chargers heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. The team already has its elite pass-catching tight end in Hunter Henry and the new exciting addition of Donald Parham seems to be enough for the team.
However, if the team got the chance to draft Harrison Bryant in the fifth or later round then they should not hesitate to do so. Chances are that Bryant will go in the early fourth round, and I would not even hate it if the team selected him then.
Henry is only locked in for one season and with other extensions that need to be worked out he very well could be entering his last season in LA. Plus, as exciting as Parham is, we cannot just assume that he is going to translate completely to the NFL.
The team does not need a tight end yet, but Bryant is such a good prospect that it is hard to ignore him. He is a legitimate threat in the passing game with fantastic route running, great speed and hands and is six-foot-five.
The exciting thing about Bryant is that even if he cannot contribute in the passing game right away he is going to be a great run blocker in 2/3 tight end formations. The team has Virgil Green in that role right now, but he is getting old and he is not going to be a long-time staple of the roster.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com even compares Bryant’s skillset to George Kittle’s coming out of college. While he has a long way to go before then, that is an exciting comparison and the LA Chargers could find the best tight end in the draft.”