Arkansas’s Hunter Henry is easily the best tight end available in the 2016 NFL Draft and some believe he has a good chance to be drafted in the first round next weekend. One scout gave a pretty good comparison for Henry earlier this week.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke to multiple NFL scouts over the last few months leading up to the draft. Bob McGinn ranked the top tight ends in the draft and had Henry right at the top of the list with one scout saying he is similar to Cincinnati Bengal Tyler Eifert and another comparing him to Pittsburgh Steelers legend Heath Miller.
“Very soft hands,” one scout said. “Good route runner. Gets open consistently. Really good size and can get bigger and stronger to play on the line of scrimmage. He may not be the athlete that Tyler Eifert is but a similar type receiver. High character kid.”
“At least he does it (block), and he does it pretty well,” said a second scout. “You hit on him, he’s going to be a good player. Heath Miller is a good comparison.”
Miller is one of the greatest players for the Steelers of this generation, so for Henry, this should give him a lot of confidence in how teams see him. During his career at Arkansas, Hunter Henry caught 116 passes for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. 739 of those yards and four of those touchdowns came in 2015 when he won the John Mackey Award.
He may not only get drafted until the second round next week, but Henry certainly has all the right tools to be a terrific player in the NFL for years to come.
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