Nate Wieting TE – Iowa
Outside of AJ Green, Nate Wieting is the closest thing to a “lock” of making the main roster as the Browns get. Wieting is arguably the fourth-best tight end on the roster. The Cleveland Browns have a dysfunctional tight end just ahead of him in David Njoku. Assuming the Browns trade Njoku, and they should – he’s a malcontent, then Wieting would be eagerly scooped up and given a main roster spot.
Wieting was a back up most of his time in Iowa, behind the likes of Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson and in 2019 behind true freshmen Sam LaPorta. LaPorta is a highly valued prospect that NFL scouts are already taking an interest in, while Fanta and Hockenson were first-round draft picks. Wieting never had a chance.
A good blocker, Wieting is athletic for a man his size and can play both tight end and fullback if needed. While neither position is one of need at the moment with both being fully stocked, having Wieting as a third-string guy to backup fellow rookie Harrison Bryant and former Pro Bowler and recently-signed starter, Austin Hooper isn’t a bad idea.
He only makes the roster if (when) Njoku gets traded, however. If the team hangs on to the disgruntled former first-round pick, then it’s possible Wieting gets put on the practice squad for the foreseeable future.