QB Chad Henne (6-2, 224) – Michigan
Strengths: He's a great leader who has the intangibles to be a solid quarterback. He has nice size and is strongly built. He's intelligent and operates an offense efficiently. He has a strong arm and delivers the ball with timing and touch. He displays good accuracy on deep balls and is confident throwing the ball into tight spots. He played against top competition and was very productive throughout his career.
Weaknesses: He has to improve his accuracy and set properly in the pocket. He has to go through his progressions and not lock onto one target. He's not mobile and doesn't make many plays outside the pocket. He holds onto the ball too long and will take unnecessary sacks.
Steuber Says: "Henne was a pleasant surprise in Mobile. He showed great velocity, accuracy and timing during practices. He was a vocal leader who encouraged his teammates when they made a good play and motivated them when they struggled. I was standing next to a representative from the 49ers during one practice session while he was talking to a scout from another team, and they said that the way Henne has played this week will send his stock through the roof. Henne played well in the Senior Bowl and threw two touchdowns, but on his one deep TD pass to Lavelle Hawkins of California, the ball was badly under thrown. Hawkins adjusted and made a nice grab, but in the end Henne gets all the credit. I could see Henne ending up in a city like Chicago or Minnesota. He's played in cold weather before and knows how to perform at a high level in tough situations. He's definitely a player on the rise and a QB that will be highly sought after in April."
JC's Take: This is not the year to draft a quarterback in the first round because none of the prospects has that can't-miss aura surrounding him, so taking a chance on a player like Henne in Round 2 could be an option.
I continue to be of the belief that free-agent-to-be Rex Grossman will be back under center in 2008, because he still wants to be the main man and the Bears afford him the best opportunity to do just that. Kyle Orton won two of his three starts to close out the season and will get a chance to compete for the No. 1 job in training camp, which probably makes backup Brian Griese expendable right now. If that's the case, then there will be a spot on the roster for a young third-stringer that can potentially develop into a starter a year or two down the road.
GM Jerry Angelo said in his season-ending press conference that solidifying the quarterback position is the top priority right now, so Henne could be on his radar provided he's still on the board in the second round at 44th overall.
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