Hunter Henry is expected to be top tight end picked in the NFL draft. The Atlanta Falcons sent their top brass to Fayetteville on Thursday for a private workout with Henry.
Teams can only have 30 of these private workouts, so this is very much a signal that Henry has a chance to be a first round pick. He's got quite a few more of these type private workouts scheduled. These generally include the general manager, head coach and position coach. That was the case for the Falcons.
Henry (6-6, 251) ran a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash and produced a 21-rep set on the bench press on pro day on Wednesday on the Arkansas campus. Both of those marks were considered plenty good enough to validate his position as the top tight end available in the draft.
Henry, a Little Rock product, finished his junior season with the Hogs as a unanimous All-America, being named to every team that featured a tight end. He declared for the draft.
On Bo Mattingly's Sports Talk radio show on Thursday, Henry said it was a difficult decision at first when he was deciding whether or not to declare for the draft and by pass his senior season.
"I wanted to remain a part of what Bielema was building," Henry said. "It was tough at first. I love it here. I like being in college. I love my teammates, my coaches and it was really something I wanted to continue. But when I looked at where I was potentially in the draft, I had to do what was best for me. It wasn't a hard decision then."
Henry had 51 catches for 739 yards as a junior. He did not drop one pass. He was given the John Mackey Award as the top tight end in college football.