The Cleveland Browns are on the lookout for help on the offense and reportedly met with BYU tight end Terenn Houk.
The Cleveland Browns, who need help pretty much everywhere on offense, met with Brigham Young tight end Terenn Houk during the school’s recent Pro Day, according to Dawgs By Nature.
A redshirt senior for the Courgars, Houk finished his senior year with 37 receptions for 490 yards and two touchdowns. It was part of a natural progression for Houk, as he went from catching two passes for eight yards his first season to 21 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.
While Houk is listed as a tight end, he often lines up in the slot as the Cougars don’t use a traditional tight end, meaning his versatility is something that could make him attractive to the Browns.
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“You could probably call Terenn Houk a tight end, and, end of story,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall told The Salt Lake-Tribune. “That’s probably what I would call him. He doesn’t like tight end, because it is not as glamorous. Let’s call him the Y. That sounds a little flashier.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Houk also has a maturity level that would certainly be attractive to the Browns as the team has dealt in recent years with draft picks who are more interested in everything other than football. Houk is the exact opposite, having discovered that improving his life off the field made him a better player on the field.
“I feel like being at BYU has made me a better person,” Houk told The Salt Lake-Tribune. “I would tell [non-LDS athletes, such as himself] to just buy into the program. Buy into the system. Don’t look at it like you are going to make the team better. Look at it like the program is going to make you a better person.”
Houk was not invited to last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, but according his draft profile at ksl.com, his size is an advantage:
"Houk was one prong of a trio of towering receivers (Mitch Mathews and Nick Kurtz being the other two) for the Cougars in 2015. At 6-foot-5, he dwarfed many opposing teams’ cornerbacks and safeties. Houk was good at using his height to his advantage and gave BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum a nice tall target to throw to. Quarterbacks love having receivers to whom they do not need to throw perfect balls, and Houk frequently exhibited an ability to go up and get the football, especially in his senior season."
And while his versatility could be seen as an asset, it may also hurt Houk as he does not have a true position:
"Houk was basically a tight end the past few seasons in offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s scheme. Houk was lined up on the inside and ran routes typical of a tight end. That is probably the only position he could play at the next level. However, Houk did not line up on the line of scrimmage with his hand on the turf. He lined up like a wide receiver and it is not known whether or not he could transition to being a true tight end. He also doesn’t currently have the body of an NFL tight end. He would need to put on some muscle to be physically able to play the position."
While Houk is not expected to be drafted, he could be a player to keep an eye on as an undrafted free agent, especially with the Browns only having veteran Gary Barnidge backed up by unproven players E.J. Bibbs, Randall Telfer and Connor Hamlett.