Scouting the NFL Draft: TE Hunter Henry

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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.

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.

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