Route Tree - He's been able to thrive at the college level with spacing and pressing the seam without consistent contests from defenders. Whether he'll be afforded the same free area to run is debatable at best. He's pretty fluid on breaks, moves like a WR. He won a lot up the seam and on the over route to work behind the LBs in play action.
Hands - He's rock solid here. He's not blessed with the biggest mitts but he's a sure handed receiver and if the throw is inside his catch radius the odds are high he's securing the catch, even if he's contested or forced to flash the hands late to avoid tipping defenders to arrival of the ball.
Versatility - Move piece only in the NFL, at least to start. Have a hard time seeing upside to putting him into condensed sets or asking him to block with his hand in the dirt — wasn't where he was used often and he's going to face a significant learning curve to come around in this regard.
Contested Catch Ability - Showed some pleasant awareness to bump, hand fight or extend himself versus defenders on his body for late separation. He's not dominant to box out but he's got more density than first look might suggest to hold ground at the catch point. Lack of length is apparent and limits ceiling here.
RAC Ability - He's a short strider so he's pretty quick to get up to top speed, he just doesn't really have a top gear that you'd hope for in the open field. Doesn't have the stride length to tear up defenses and has been caught from behind on occasion during footraces to the end zone. Smooth COD and will fold across pursuit angles as a runner.
Power at POA - Doesn't have the developed lower half that you'd like to see from someone who is going to spend their time in traditional in-line alignments. Will need to continue to develop lower body power to ensure weight distribution isn't compromised in order to create movement up front against LBs or DEs.
Competitive Toughness - Fairly lean frame and doesn't bring a lot of functional strength or power to the position inside the box. He's sneaky with some of his ability as a route runner to create some room for himself, which is needed given he's more smooth than dynamic and needs the little bumps to create room.
Flexibility - His body control is rock solid. He'll peel his torso back to the ball effortlessly and without losing momentum as a runner while tracking the ball. He's got good tilt through his frame to carry himself with pace and speed on his routes, won't get stale at the top of route stems and can pivot with smoothness.
Balance - Tale of two players. You ask him to play as a blocker and he needs to draw corners or safeties in assignment to stay cleanly framed. Much more prone to spinning off blocks and narrowing feet and leaning against heavy hitters and more dense defenders who can tax his functional strength, which is nearly any box defender.
Football IQ - There's a savvy underbelly to his play as a receiver — I like him even though he's not the most physically gifted or imposing from a size perspective. In for a tough schooling at the NFL level if he's not going to a team that will work him exclusively in space, though — thrived when detached from the formation in college.
Best Trait - Hands
Worst Trait - In-line Blocking
Best Film - UTSA (2019)
Worst Film - Oklahoma (2018)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Harrison Bryant projects as a move piece tight end at the NFL level. Bryant doesn't bring appealing upside to play with his hand in the dirt, but his receiving chops offer him a clear role as a flex TE and H-back to release into routes in the passing game. Bryant's profile is one that typically requires some time to acclimate to the pro game, which tempers his value as he may likely need an incubation period to get up to speed with all the extra requirements and demands of an NFL TE.