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Scouting the NFL Draft: TE Hunter Henry

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    Hunter Henry of the Arkansas Razorbacks is brought down by Arden Key of the LSU Tigers Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
    Ht. 6'5", Wt. 250, Arm: 32 ¾", Hand: 9 ¼", Bench: 13
    40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
    Games Watched: Miss. St. (2014), Miss. St., Toledo

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    Hunter Henry went to Arkansas as many publication's top-rated tight end recruit, appeared in 12 games in his first year and was named second-team all-conference and Freshman All-America. His sophomore season was unremarkable, but he atoned with a big junior year.

    In 2015, Henry was a consensus All-America and winner of the John Mackey Award for the nation's top tight end. He was part of a play shown on most highlight reels when he showed great awareness by pitching a lateral to a teammate who converted on 4th and 25 in an overtime win over Ole Miss in November.

    Strengths

    • Ideal Build - Good height, frame
    • Willing Blocker - Tenacious, upside is there
    • Good Hands - Looks like a natural pass catcher
    • Diverse - Lined up as HB, TE and WR
    • Long Speed - Effective in seam routes
    • Mismatch in traditional TE routes
    • Beats Zone - Finds gaps in zone coverage
    • Intelligent - Understands game situations, role

    Weaknesses

    • Limited Athleticism - Not overly fluid or agile
    • Route Running - Not sudden in breaks
    • Holding Penalties - Must use hands better as blocker
    • Red Zone Threat - Not targeted in important area

    Verdict: Second-Round Pick

    There are two types of tight ends in today's NFL: "Old school" Y tight ends that are inline blockers that run a limited route tree and "new school" F or U tight ends that are essentially large wide receivers that create mismatches. Henry leans toward the former in the mold of a young Jason Witten.

    Henry is a fringe first-round option for some teams, but his role would be redundant on the Cowboys. Because Dallas should be in win-now mode, it doesn't make much sense for them to draft him with anything earlier than a late Day 2 pick.