Finding Broncos: Scouting Arkansas TE Hunter Henry

With wide receivers in the books, MHH’s Draft Analyst Erick Trickel scouts four tight ends. First up is a Razorback, who many consider to be the top tight end in the draft. Would he fit in Denver?

http://www.scout.com/player/151131-hunter-henry?s=101

Combine Results

BENCH PRESS (225 lbs): 13 REPS

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds
Vertical: 31 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
Short shuttle: 4.41 seconds
3-cone: 7.16 seconds
Bench: 21 reps of 225 pounds

Pros

  • Good run blocker
  • Great technique as a run blocker to maintain his blocks
  • Great hands
  • Can make contested catches consistently
  • Isn’t afraid of taking hits
  • Can work a defense at all levels as a receiver
  • Demands coverage from safeties or corners and takes advantage of linebackers in coverage
  • Can run any route asked of him
  • Can stay on the field in any situation or down
  • Good build for a NFL tight end
  • Good body control
  • Excellent situational awareness

Cons

  • Gets a little too grabby as a blocker
  • Has to improve his route running
  • Gets too high in and out of breaks
  • Needs to add some muscle to his frame
  • Has a lot of work to make it as a pass blocker
  • Not a consistently used red zone threat

Overall Thoughts

Hunter Henry is the top tight end in this class, but it is a closer group at the top than many think. Henry has a very well-rounded skill-set, but there's a lot he still has to work on. With a high ceiling, but a not so low floor, Henry is probably the safest pick of the tight ends, which doesn’t hurt his draft stock. Whoever takes him will get a really solid player who can make in impact in all phases.

As for his fit with the Denver Broncos, Henry meshes perfectly with his skill-set. However, he likely will go higher than the Broncos would be willing to invest in another tight end. There is a need for additional depth, but Henry is looking like a early/mid second round pick, which would mean Denver uses a first round pick or trade up to get them.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 2nd-Early 3rd

Where He Goes: Early 2nd-Mid 2nd

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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