Patriots Draft: Fears To Workout RB

The Patriots continue to scout top running back prospects as the 2007 NFL Draft approaches. Revisiting a player they have already seen before, New England will be working out Arizona's Chris Henry this week. senior NFL reporter Adam Caplan reported yesterday that Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears would work out Henry this Friday. It is the second time the Patriots have taken a closer look at Henry in the past month.

Henry is an intriguing prospect with both size and speed. At 5-foot-11.5, 230-pounds Henry has the size to be the power back to compliment the Patriots running attack. It's Henry's speed however that has turned heads. Reportedly running a mid 4.3 second forty at the Combine, later adjusted to a low 4.4 time, Henry opened the eyes of everyone who hadn't seen him in action.

A big back with speed is a highly desirable, especially to a team like the Patriots who had a big back in the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Corey Dillon. Although Henry hasn't had a lot of production in college, he has the potential to be a big time player in the NFL. Fears, who will be charged with getting the most out of Arizona back should the Patriots Draft him, obviously wants to be sure of how much potential Henry has.

Scouting Report: Chris Henry Ht: 5'-11.5" Wt: 230 lbs. 40: 4.41

Led the team in rushing as a junior when he was Arizona’s feature back. Posted 165/581/7 carrying the ball, adding 21/197/1 as a receiver.

Pos: Nice-sized ball carrier who gives effort on the field. Displays quickness, above-average footwork and has a burst through the hole. Possesses the playing speed to cut the corner, keeps his feet moving on contact and works to pick up yardage. Runs with good lean, immediately gets to top speed and is a solid receiver out of the backfield. Effectively picks up blocking assignments, meeting defenders head-on.

Neg: Does not play like a big back, rarely breaks tackles or pick up yardage off initial contact. A bit straight-line-ish in his running. Only productive for one season.

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