Because he sees tight ends as impact players, new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he wanted "the right guy" to coach them.
So he picked Jon Embree, a former Colorado coach and tight end.
Chudzinski hired Embree soon after Embree was fired by the Buffaloes.
"Just knowing what he's done, the kind of teacher he is, I'm excited about the work he can do for our team," Chud- zinski said. "And having played the position himself, that should help us."
Embree has met with all of the tight ends at the NFL scouting combine — including Nick Kasa, one of his former CU players.
Kasa was a defensive lineman with the Buffs before he moved to tight end as a senior. He said he spoke to Embree several times in the hallways of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Kasa credited Embree and former CU tight ends coach J.D. Brookhart for putting him in position to be selected in the April 25-27 draft. Embree had shown Kasa video of Tony Gonzalez and Chris Cooley, tight ends Embree coached when he was an NFL assistant.
"Watching film of the guys Embree had coached before in the National Football League, going through those guys ... (Brookhart and Embree) said it would be my position in the future," Kasa said.
Chudzinski said he's hoping Embree can help when the Browns set their draft board.
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