MEASURABLES: 6-foot-3, 230, 4.92 in the 40 at the combine.
COLLEGE CAREER: In ten games, he completed 162-of-278 passes (58.3%) for 1,938 yards, seventeen touchdowns and nine interceptions. He earned all-Big Ten first-team honors as a senior. He played injured most of the year.
PROJECTED AS: A quarterback that will likely sit for a year before seeing any serious playing time.
ARE THE BUCS INTERESTED: He's a quarterback, isn't he? The Bucs actually worked Henne out privately last month, and Henne came away with the belief the Bucs are interested. "They have Jeff Garcia and he's projected as the starter and has the experience of being there before," Henne told Scout.com's Ed Thompson. "They also signed (traded for) Brian Griese, and I believe they have Bruce Gradkowski from Toledo. But they're looking for a young quarterback to come in there and step in and play early, or just back up Garcia."
DRAFT VALUE: Most scouts consider Henne a Top 5 quarterback in the draft and a solid second-round value.
SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: Has a very strong arm and was tough-minded (in college), but he was streaky with his accuracy. His throwing mechanics need some work and he is marginal escaping the rush, but I liked his overall game. Improved throwing touch and flare control. He was not a threat to run the football, but he is strong and can make time in the pocket.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:
"His strong arm and accuracy during Senior Bowl week put him in the top 50 overall selections after a disappointing year. His work at the Combine was inconsistent, though, and teams still don't know if he can be a difference-maker. But he will benefit from this year's weak class." — NFLDraftscout.com, which also said Henne's stock is rising.
"Henne is an interesting prospect because few quarterbacks can claim to have been four-year starters at an elite college program. He had a great freshman season, poor sophomore season and then bounced back in '06 to reestablish himself as an NFL prospect. However, he was inconsistent as a senior — when it matters most. Henne is a similar prospect to the Browns' Brady Quinn — good when everything goes right, but struggles when under duress with defenders around his feet. Henne has the physical talent to start but will end up being nothing more an NFL backup." — Sportingnews.com's War Room.
MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: If there's one thing Jeff Garcia showed the Bucs last year is that mobility is a key part of the quarterback position when it comes to Jon Gruden's offense (see Rich Gannon from Gruden's days in Oakland for further proof). It's one reason why I think Luke McCown has the inside track to be the No. 3 quarterback. That is perhaps the biggest thing holding Henne back from being a Buc. He has little mobility, though he can slide around in the pocket well enough. I've always felt experience is a big key in making the transition from the NCAA to the NFL, and the fact that Henne has been a four-year starter in a pro-style offense in one of the NCAA's top programs is something NFL teams are going to look at as a value-added intangible. Ultimately, though, the Bucs will either seek to address another need in the second round or see Henne disappear from the board before he's available midway through the second round.
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