Like many top-tier prospects, Dravon Henry has been analyzed many times during his final high school season. He's done nothing to bring up much cause for concern as he prepares to take his next step to the college level.
WHAT TO LIKE: Henry has a number of attributes that make him stand out among pass defenders, but one of the best might be the hardest to quantify. He has an innate sense of when the ball is coming out of the quarterback's hand, and times his breaks in coverage exquisitely. He plays through the ball, and attacks it almost like a receiver.
Beyond that, he has almost every ability needed for a pass defender. He has shown coverage ability in both zone and man-to-man looks, and has experience as both a safety and a corner. He moves very smoothly and with little wasted motion, which enables him to match the breaks and cuts of opposing wide receivers and keeps him in position for the final play on the ball.
POSSIBLE CONCERNS: At 5-11, Henry wouldn't be the biggest body at safety if that is where is college future lies.
In that manner, he might mirror freshman Daryl Worley a great deal. The talented Philadelphian was so good, and so needed on the injury-ravaged defense, that he filled multiple roles for the Mountaineers this year. The preference would be for Henry to settle at one position, but the ability to get on the field at multiple positions is also attractive. WVU will have to be careful not to overload him if that plays out, but again, that's a small concern.
OVERALL ANALYSIS: West Virginia is getting a player with the ability to contribute immediately. Henry's talent, combined with the many issues in the Mountaineer secondary, give him an excellent chance to avoid a redshirt and be on the field in 2014.
Henry's versatility, which should allow him to compete at either safety or cornerback, not only gives him more paths to the field, but also allows WVU to make adjustments in its existing and incoming personnel if that turns out to be the best method of forging a more competitive secondary. Combined with incoming juco Jaylon Myers, WVU might have the best duo of defensive backs in the same class in more than 15 years.