Updated: Feb 7
With the NFL combine just weeks away we here at The Elite Fantasy wanted to start looking at some players who have the potential of being fantasy contributors on the next level sooner rather than later. The objective of these player spot lights, that you will see over the next few weeks, are to discuss what we like and what we don't about the incoming rookie class. We have taken a look at the film and have made some notes and now we can share what we have found with you, our Elite Family. The first player spotlight we featured was on Utah State Quarterback Jordan Love, which you can find in our Fantasy Article section under news. Next we want to focus on the tight end from Florida Atlantic Harrison Bryant.
Projected Round to Be Drafted:
After looking at the film and hearing what other analysts have to say it appears that Harrison Bryant is being viewed as a second day talent in this years NFL Draft. Coming into the season he was being viewed as a third round prospect in most circles. However, after his 2019 campaign and showing in the senior bowl this past January that may have changed. For us at The Elite Fantasy we view Harrison as a second round talent when the draft kicks off in a few months.
* Ball Skills
* Route Running
* Position Alignment Flexibility
By looking at the video above you can see all these attributes on display. The thing that jumped out to us first while reviewing film was his ability to line up from different spots in the formation. This position alignment flexibility is a strong attribute to have when moving on to the next level. Bryant lined up in the slot more times then not when taking the field. However, he was also used on the outside at times and proved to be productive there as well. The route running he displays is crisp and clean, which quarterbacks like in their pass catchers. That trait will transition very well in the NFL. The last attribute we see that stands out is his ball skills. Bryant very much looks like a receiver while going after the rock. In his four years on the college level we seen his reception total grow every year from six in year one to sixty five last season. A lot of that is due to the fact that he was a reliable target who rarely dropped passes. These attributes added up seen Bryant win the 2019 John Mackey Award, an honor he shares with current NFL tight ends Hunter Henry, Mark Andrews, and TJ Hockenson.
* Blocking Questionable at Times
The only flaw that we seen in our study of Bryant was his blocking at times. Leading up to this season the former defensive end had trouble in this area. He did improve in the area this past season and dominated defenders in the senior bowl. Looking at the game film you could see him lock his hips and use his hands to impose his will on defenders, looking a bit Kittle like. Speaking of that game we must add he was "un-guardable" all game long on his way to a very strong showing. This improvement is a good thing to see however history tells us that the tight end position is the toughest position to transition to the next level.
NFL Player Comp:
Bryant's style of play and route running ability looks very similar to Greg Olsen.
Ideal Landing Spot:
* Chicago Bears
Much like his NFL comp was, we think the ideal spot for Bryant to land would be the Chicago Bears. Now many of you fantasy enthusiasts just cringed but this could be good. The Bears lack at the position so the opportunity would be there. Mitchell Trubisky prefers throwing to the middle of the field where Bryant could roam. This would mean plenty of targets and receptions for the tight end, which we know equates to more fantasy points.