Cleveland Browns 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We continue our tour around the AFC North with the Cleveland Browns, who took two fantasy football eligible guys in the 2020 NFL Draft. Should you worry about the newest Browns in your 2020 fantasy football drafts?

Rd Pick Player Pos School
1 10 Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
2 12 Grant Delpit S LSU
3 24 Jordan Elliott DT Missouri
3 33 Jacob Phillips LB LSU
4 9 Harrison Bryant TE Florida Atlantic
5 14 Nick Harris C Washington
6 8 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Michigan


Round 4, Pick 9: Harrison Bryant, Tight End, Florida Atlantic (6’5” 243 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.73s (u) 13 reps 32.5 in 110.0 in 7.41s 4.37s

Courtesy:, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
TE1a       Austin Hooper
TE1b      David Njoku
TE3         Harrison Bryant
TE4         Pharaoh Brown

This dude has it. Bryant is athletic, tough, well-rounded. He can high-point a ball extremely well and he was used all over the field. He works himself open on his routes and blocks with the best of them. There’s very little to do in his evaluation except say he’s going to be incredible in a couple of years and that he could be the next Travis Kelce/George Kittle-type versatile do-it-all tight end.


Unless Njoku or Hooper falls off the Browns roster, through trade or dog housing (and let’s be clear, neither of these outcomes is a threat to new highest-paid TE ever Austin Hooper), there isn’t a path forward that sees Harrison Byrant getting enough snaps to matter in any sized redraft fantasy football league. He would have to come in on three-tight end sets. The Titans ran the most 3TE sets last year (65), and new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s Vikings ran just 50 3TE sets, meaning that unless he gets in on injury rotations, 100 snaps are his ceiling this year. Maybe? There just isn’t a path forward for him to have relevance without injuries ahead of him. Even if there are injuries, rookie tight ends have a notoriously difficult time transitioning to the NFL game.


Bryant has no path to fantasy relevance this season. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. He’s a 2021 and beyond David Njoku replacement.

Round 6, Pick 8: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Wide Receiver, Michigan (6’2” 212 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.48s (u) 44.5 in 139.0 in

Courtesy:, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Odell Beckham Jr
WR2       Jarvis Landry
WR3       Rashard Higgins
WR4       Donovan Peoples-Jones
WR5       Damion Ratley

DPJ entered Michigan as a highly-touted prospect, but spending your time with Jim Harbaugh and Shea Patterson will drive anybody’s college production into the sewers. He’s big and fast with decent hands, but without production, he’s hard to evaluate as anything but a toolsy guy. He’s a big-play guy who might get swallowed up by opposing defenses more often than not. He needs a bit of coaching up but could become an NFL mainstay who may flash fantasy relevance in the right circumstances.


It’s hard to see a world where the Browns shake up their depth chart to make sure that DPJ gets a ton of targets this year. They have six guys who are good-to-great receivers (two WR, two TE, two RB), and Rashard Higgins ahead of him. He’s a depth guy for the Browns, which doesn’t make for great fantasy football upside.


After my glowing reviews, how could you pass on him?

For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

Arizona Cardinals Rookie Roundup
Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap


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