Former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry was one of the most dependable offensive options in the SEC during his three seasons with the Razorbacks. But could he be the best NFL tight end prospect in recent memory?
One top NFL scout thinks so.
“He’s the most complete tight end to come out in years,” the scout told New Jersey Advance Media. “He’s a legitimate first-round pick. You have had so many tight ends who were nothing more than big receivers. This kid is a complete tight end. He can catch. He can run. And he can block.”
Henry’s prowess as a security blanket for Arkansas’ passing attack was on display daily, but his work in the trenches helped the Razorbacks rank in the top five in the SEC in rushing yard average in his three seasons. Henry was awarded the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end, last season.
The last time two tight ends were taken in the first round of the draft was in 2006, but at least one tight end has been taken in the first round in seven of the past 10 drafts. Henry has a good chance to be the next one April 28.
If Henry produces as consistently as he did with Arkansas, he will have a good chance to live up to the lofty expectations.