September 28, 2016

People Are Talking: Chris Henry, RB, Arizona

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Year: Junior Height: 5’11 Weight: 230 40 Time: 4.40 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07) – Rank: 48th MDP: 46.0 (1 mock) Lo: 46 Hi: 46 MFDP: N/A

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 4/15/07)

Henry is an early-entry that has rallied this spring to become a possible first day factor in some circles. The former track athlete with big-back size has strung together a series of impressive workouts after a spotty college career. Henry was usually 3rd on the depth chart for the Wildcats before becoming the starter in 06. He played himself out of the job and was eventually suspended, before returning to roll up nearly 400 yards over the final four games. The profiles say he has the kind of bulk, power and quickness to be an effective inside runner with track (relays, 100) straight line speed. Has a little straight arm and can run through tackles. But he’s as inexperienced as they come. Started six games total in three years and carried it fewer than 300 times in his career. As a result, he’s not the savviest player. The profiles seem to indicate a lack of vision and patience as a ballcarrier. Is said to run too straight-up at times (leads to highlight reel kill shots) and is neither a competent route runner nor blocker at this point. Of concern is his maturity. It is said that he needs quite a bit of prodding from the coaches. One profiler suggested Henry “has a lot of growing up to do” both on and off the field. Seems very much like a hit or miss player. The mocks barely recognize him, but draft maven Tony Pauline recently predicted that late riser Henry could even sneak into the first round. The Patriots have been paying close attention of late; they worked out Henry in Arizona and he will visit Foxboro this month. The Pats seem to need another back to run alongside Laurence Maroney, who broke down in his first year. Henry might be able to provide an inside threat in that role, but does he have the maturity, drive and football instincts to contribute to a contending team? I suppose they will let us know in a couple of weeks.

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