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Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Harrison Bryant made his status as an NFL player officially official last week.

The Florida Atlantic University and John Milledge Academy (Class of ’16) product signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns last Wednesday. 

Bryant, a tight end, was picked by the Browns in last month’s NFL Draft with the 115th overall pick going ninth in Round 4. Cleveland did not announce the terms of the contract, but rookie pay in the NFL has been slotted based on where players are picked for about the last decade. Professional sports contract tracking website has Bryant’s contract at four years and just over $4 million with a $769,000 signing bonus. 

Bryant and former Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones were the first of the Browns’ seven 2020 draftees to sign their deals. 

“I’m extremely excited,” Bryant told The Union-Recorder of being drafted by Cleveland. “I’m looking forward to getting up there when all this stuff with COVID-19 ends so I can get to work and do whatever I can to help the team win. It’s exciting to know that I have this opportunity ahead of me. I’m going to just continue to work and trust the process.”

Bryant was the top collegiate tight end during his senior season as an FAU Owl. He won the John Mackey Award, which goes to the country’s most outstanding tight end, and was a unanimous All-American. He was a three-time all-conference selection throughout his college career and was twice named to the Conference USA All-Academic team. 

Bryant, whose family lives in Gray, is the highest-drafted player to have played his high school ball in Baldwin County in 15 years. Baldwin High School linebacker LeRoy Hill, taken 98th overall by the Seahawks in 2005, is this area’s highest-ever draft pick. Besides Hill, Bryant joins his high school head coach JT Wall, Maurice Hurt and Earnest Byner as the only Baldwin County products to be taken in the draft. Others have signed with clubs as undrafted free agents. 

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