clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Terenn Houk will get try out at 49ers rookie minicamp

New, comments

The San Francisco 49ers will bring in a rookie tight end for a tryout this weekend.

The San Francisco 49ers will host a rookie minicamp this weekend, and there will be a handful of players getting tryouts. We learned on Wednesday that Oregon center/guard Matt Hegarty will be in town. The team will also welcome BYU tight end Terenn Houk, who will try out with the Chicago Bears after that if he does not sign with the 49ers.

The 49ers did not draft a tight end this year, although there is some thought that UDFA WR Devon Cajuste could move into more of a tight end or h-back role. The 49ers tight end depart chart currently includes Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Je'Ron Hamm, and Busta Anderson. Bruce Miller is also getting tight end work during the offseason workout program.

Houk spent five years at BYU. He redshirted his freshman year, and then over the course of his next four seasons, played in 38 games, starting in 17. His final season he had 37 receptions for 490 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to that, he had two receptions for eight yards as a sophomore, and 21 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. His senior season he was named to Phil Steele's All-Independent second team.

He did not take part in the NFL Combine, but at his Pro Day, he measured in at 6'4, 229 pounds. He ran a 4.84 40, which would have been seventh out of ten Combine tight ends. He had 15 reps on the bench press (11th out of 13), and a 32 inch vertical leap (8th out of 13).

There are not a lot of scouting reports on Houk, but I found a few things

Seahawks workout

He was listed as an inside receiver in Brigham Young's spread offense but is considered a "flex" tight end who can play outside -- as Seattle's top tight ends Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet all do. Houk played wide receiver at Enumclaw High, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll loves athletic, hybrid guys who can run as his tight ends.

KSL.com scouting report

Strengths: Height, Consistent production
Weaknesses: Speed, No true position

Prediction: "Terren Houk was a good player for BYU, particularly in his senior season. He was the closest thing to a tight end Robert Anae had the past couple of years. Cougar fans will always remember him for his exuberant celebration in which he hugged the referee who signaled that Mitch Mathews had scored the game-winning touchdown against Nebraska.

However, Houk has little chance of catching on with an NFL team. He is not fast enough to play wide receiver at the next level and he would have to bulk up significantly to play the tight end position. Houk's skillset could land him with a Canadian Football League team if he desires to continue playing competitive football."

NFL Draft Diamonds interview

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look to exploit the weaknesses in the defense (man/zone), then I try to use my understanding of my position (strengths/weaknesses) in the play that would work best. I also try to recognize tendencies that the defense gives away so that when it comes to game time I'd have already familiarized myself with my opponent and what they do.