The tight end position has been evolvoing over the past decade. Tight ends like Antonio Gates, Travis Kelce, Tony Gonzales, Jason Witten have impacted the position in a major way. Tight ends have become a threat in the passing game with linebackers and safeties having trouble defending them. Hunter Bryant out of the University of Washington is another pass catching tight end that will make an impact on whichever NFL team drafts him.
NFL scouts have been able to see what having a quarterback with an accurate arm can do for Bryant. Bryant is a dangerous receiver that has good hands and can make a tough reception when needed. Bryant does a very good job at creating separation with his speed. Bryant was on the receiving end of 22 receptions for 331 yards and one touchdown. Bryant’s full potential has not been reached yet.
The one key area of improvement for Bryant is improving from a blocking perspective. Bryant is not ready to block an NFL defensive end and will have to put on weight if teams are planning on using him as a traditional tight end. Splitting out Bryant wide or in the slot would be the best for any team that is considering drafting Bryant.
Bryant is too intriguing of a prospect to far too much in the draft. I would expect Bryant to be a mid-second to third round draft selection. Bryant has the chance to impress scouts at the NFL combine and could be a draft day steal.