Sixth Round (Pick #169) – TE Jacob Breeland, Oregon University
"David Njoku has been a disappointment thus far, so the Browns are expected to use a pick on a tight end at some point."
No truer words have ever been said about Njoku. Jacob Breeland isn’t the tight end that I’m over the moon about, but this late in the draft you’re just hoping to find players who can play a role, let alone make the team. Breeland’s combine stats aren’t known, but he’s big and heavy and could be a valid blocker in heavy packages or on the goalline.
This late, I’d rather see the Browns go after Hopkins if he’s still on the board (which in this mock he is.) With the three upgrades to the offensive line already in this mock draft, you don’t need to think of this move as a ‘blocking for necessity’ type of situation. You can go get a player who can help actually catch the ball, and that would be Hopkins. Hopkins isn’t a player that I’d be super high on earlier in the draft but here in the sixth-round, he makes sense.
Looking at Hopkins numbers, he’s faster, maybe as strong and is a heck of a lot more athletic than Breeland. This should be about finding a player of caliber and quality this late, and someone who can actually make an impact. Getting a tight end in the sixth round who’s best quality is blocking just seems like a bad idea with how much help this offense needs all around.