Hunter Henry   TE   Arkansas

Hunter can catch a football in his sleep. He has excellent hands and can adjust to the ball in the air, which makes him a weapon on third downs and in the red zone. He has the potential to be a pure tight end if he wants to be; he has the size and strength as well as the needed speed and balance. Hunter is strong and has some good run after the catch skills, but his talent to catch a pass is his best attribute that he brings to the team that selects him in this draft. Hunter has the potential to impact like the Carolina Panthers’ tight end, Greg Olsen, does in the passing game; however, Hunter still has some improving to do before he can impact like Greg does blocking.

Hunter has to work very hard on his blocking or he will not see the field enough to impact as a receiver. He loses leverage way too quickly and tries to out-muscle his opponent; at the next level, this will be magnified. His base is way too wide when pass blocking, locking his hips and making it difficult for him to move his feet. Right now it’s hard to tell if he has the lateral agility to pass block, but he runs decent routes; therefore, I suspect with better techniques that Hunter will improve in this area. When run blocking, he plays too high then loses leverage coming off the line and getting into his man. If Hunter WANTS to improve as a blocker he will, but it looks as if he has been concentrating on the passing game more than his blocking and his blocking needs work. This has to change because he is not a wide receiver. He is not fast enough and doesn’t have the flexibility or lateral explosion to be a wide receiver.

As a pass catching tight end, there are none better in this draft class. As a blocking tight end, there are many better in this draft class. It comes down to one thing and one thing only. Is Hunter INTERESTED in improving his blocking? If Hunter wants to improve his blocking skills, he will become an impact tight end for the team that selects him. If Hunter is not interested in improving his blocking, then he becomes a specialty player and when he is on the field, everyone knows the ball will be thrown to him or he will be used as a decoy. It’s up to him because interviewing him is not going to answer the lack of his blocking skills question. That will be answered only after you select him and he is on the field busting his butt to improve as a blocker. So far at the college level that has not happened…obviously. So what do you do? I know what I would do. As I said, Hunter is a terrific pass-catching tight end; therefore, I would select him and hope with good coaching that he is “interested” in becoming a better blocker because he has the talent and size.

Drew Boylhart  FEB.2016