The Browns let Jordan Cameron leave in free agency and replaced him with Cardinals castoff Rob Housler. Cleveland is going to need a tight end upgrade as a starter in 2016.
Howard totaled 17 receptions for 260 yards in 2014. The talented tight end was very under-utilized. As he proved at USC with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin settles on one receiver and struggles to call plays for anyone else regardless of their talent or mismatch potential. Howard's production should go up in 2015 with Amari Cooper in the NFL.
Howard (6-6, 237) flashed big-time potential in 2013. The freshman hauled in 14 passes for 269 yards (19.2 average) with two touchdowns. Howard is fast, has the frame to add size and is a dangerous receiving weapon. He was just scratching the surface of his potential in 2013 and could become a real mismatch advantage in the NFL.
Pick change; previously Evan Engram, TE
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
The Texans need a receiving tight end to pair with C.J. Fiedorowicz.
In his first two years, Engram has been excellent for Ole Miss. 2014 was an even better season for Engram than his freshman year. He caught 38 passes for 662 yards with two touchdowns in 2014. Engram (6-3, 217) was a dangerous receiving threat who carved up Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State. He needs to add weight for the next level and get better as a blocker. As a true freshman, Engram caught 21 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns.
The Steelers grab a tight end to replace the aging Heath Miller.
The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Henry is a well-rounded tight end who produced well in 2014. He was a good blocker for the Razorbacks ground game while contributing 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores. He had 28 receptions for 409 yards and four scores as a freshman.