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2017 NFL DRAFT

Hunter Henry, TE

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 250 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
4312

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.68--13 ----

Player Overview

Henry excelled as a junior in 2015 (13 starts), finishing second on the team with 51 catches for 739 yards and three touchdowns. Henry earned first-team All-SEC honors and was named the 2015 John Mackey Award winner (nation's top tight end). He decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

A four-star tight end recruit out of high school, Henry was rated as the No. 2 recruit in the state and chose Arkansas over Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

He saw immediate playing time as a true freshman (seven starts) in 2013, recording 28 catches for 409 yards and four touchdowns, earning All-SEC Freshman honors.

Henry started 10 games as a sophomore in 2014 and finished with 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores, earning Second Team All-SEC honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Adequate height and length for the position. Outstanding athlete for his size with speed to separate in his routes.

Fluid pass-catcher with flexible body control, easily adjusting to throws. Dangerous after the catch with his toughness and agility. Natural hands-catcher, tracking well in his pattern and high-pointing in contested situations. Tough finisher and rarely drops the ball.

High effort blocker with the hustle to get downfield, working through the whistle. Competitive and balanced at the linebacker level as a blocker. Knows where the sticks are and was a reliable third down target (93 of his 116 career catches resulted in a first down or touchdown). Experienced lining up inline and in the slot.

Athletic bloodlines: father (Mark) was a two-time All-Southwest offensive lineman at Arkansas (1988-91), but chose to enter the ministry instead of the NFL.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal bulk and muscle tone for the position and is still growing into his body. Struggles to establish body position as a blocker and ends up going where the defender wants. Too easily overmatched at the point of attack, struggling to sustain or control blocks.

Grabby and wild in pass protection and has too many snaps on his film that will be penalized in the NFL. Only nine career touchdowns, wasn't used as consistent red-zone threat.

IN OUR VIEW: Henry was an ideal fit for the Razorbacks' multiple-tight end offense with pro-style looks that asked him to line up inline, wing and in the slot. Henry has reliable hands (didn't have a drop in 2015) with fluid body adjustments to catch the ball in stride and track the ball into his mitts. He is a competitive blocker, but too easily overpowered at the point of attack, leading to him getting beat or penalized.

Although he's not a reliable inline blocker at this point in his development, Henry has the best hands and route running athleticism of any tight end in this draft class, projecting as a Day Two "F" or joker tight end prospect.

--Dane Brugler (1/6/16)

 
 
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01/04/2016 - All-American tight end Hunter Henry says he is leaving Arkansas following his junior season and declaring for the NFL draft. Henry had 51 catches for 739 yards this season for the Razorbacks (8-5), who ended their season with a 45-23 win over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound junior ends his career with 116 catches for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. Coach Bret Bielema said last month Henry had received a "very high" draft evaluation grade from the NFL. Henry was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-American team as well as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. - AP Sports
 

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