Fires off the football a bit high in pass protection and doesn't generate much of a pop on contact. More of a catcher who tries to work his hands and gain leverage once engaged. Lacks ideal lateral range and agility through contact, allowing defenders to consistently gain a step and begin to penetrate up the field. However, fights hard through the play and is really scrappy, doing anything needed to give his QB the necessary time. He just lacks the athleticism to cleanly win a battle outright.
Impression: Does some things well in the run game and is a tough kid, but doesn't strike me as a guy who has the ability to consistently win as either a run or pass blocker at the next level."
Positive: Strong, nasty lineman with adequate size. Quickly gets into blocks, stays square, and fights hard until the whistle blows. Solid position blocker and seals defenders from the action with his wide frame. Moves relatively well on his feet and has some ability blocking on the second level. Works to bend his knees. Good initial jolt at the point of attack and has solid hand punch.
Negative: Struggles to adjust. Not effective far off the line of scrimmage. Not a dominant drive blocker.
Analysis: Since transferring to Nebraska and moving into the starting lineup two seasons ago, Henry has shown improvement in his game. He offers some skill as a zone blocking guard, though he's likely to be a career backup at the next level."
Negatives: Not a natural bender... Stands up out of his stance in pass protection... Leans into his blocks and can lose balance... Hands gets too wide... Allows defenders to get into his body and can be turned at LOS... Can be knocked off his anchor and walked back... Marginal lateral range... Can be slow getting in front of stunts and delayed blitzes... Doesn't generate a lot of power at POA... Doesn't appear to be very patient, loses focus at times."
2009 -- Started 14 games at RG. Honorable Mention All-Big 12 (AP).
Strengths: Big, strong and exceptionally physical. Brutal mauler as a run blocker; master of the pancake block. Quick off the ball with natural leverage, and has a great hand punch. Can rock DTs off the ball, and fights to finish. Matches up with the biggest & strongest linemen. Can execute short pulls and obliterates LBs/DBs who try to take him on in space. Can anchor versus the most powerful bullrushers in pass protection. Nasty and plays with attitude.
Weaknesses: Raw, stiff and a bit mechanical. Has a hitch in his footwork and is slow to redirect upfield when pulling. Overaggressive and over-commits at times, which leads him to fall off his blocks, and leaves him vulnerable to spin moves. Raw in pass protection and is slow to react to stunts. Not fluid in space and doesn't always engage on the second level. Sometimes gets flagged for being overly physical or playing past the whistle.
Projection: A project who needs major work in pass protection, but the kind of player any offensive line coach would love to work with. Late round pick that someone may take as high as the fourth. Linemen this tough and nasty ultimately end up as starters down the road."
Henry made it to Lincoln in 2008, but redshirted that season. He finally suited up on game days for Nebraska in 2009 and immediately stepped into the starting right guard spot that he become accustomed to while in junior college. The result was a surprisingly solid offense that did a superb job of protecting new quarterback Zac Lee and paved the way for running back Roy Helu to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark. As a result of his play, Henry earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 accolades. As a senior in 2010, Henry worked his way up to First-Team honors.
The Nebraska offense -- led by quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Roy Helu -- have garnered a lot of national attention this year and Henry and the rest of the offensive line deserve a ton of credit. Henry's strong showing has boosted his draft stock considerably and just a couple months ago he was totally off the radar. Now he is a solid late round selection and could work his way up the draft boards between now and April."
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