TE Colby Parkinson (Stanford)
Arguably the best blocker at the position is Stanford’s, Colby Parkinson. Parkinson will be a late draft pick if he’s selected at all. Not as dynamic as the others on this list as a pass-catcher but as far as consistency at all facets of the position, he’s arguably the best. According to the Draft Network’s Drae Harris, Parkinson has shown “good football IQ”. It may not be the sexiest of stats or praise but smart football players can be just as efficient and effective as any ultra-athletic tight end in a draft as they’re not relying solely on physical attributes as many others seem to do.
What the team needs is a difference-maker from the edge of the line, both as a receiver and as a blocker. If the team does carry two or three active tight ends at all times, then a player like Parksinosn could be perfect as a second tight end on the roster. He’s credited with having good hands and good blocking technique but stumbles a bit with route running and getting leverage on smaller ends.
The biggest clearing error according to numerous analysts is his point of contact with the defense. While he can cut off linebackers or plow safeties, it’s getting to and keeping the defensive ends in front of him that he has issues with. As he’s often so much taller than then ends, they can get under his pads and control his leverage, negating his efficacy as a blocker. That said, he’s described as having a “good catch radius” and with his solid hands would make him a great tight end in the red zone. If he can improve his pass blocking skills, then the Browns will have a true threat that can be had in the late rounds.