His backpedal improved as the year went on, but at times would revert to a side shuffle drop which got him in trouble out of his breaks. However, displays a good feel of routes developing around him and has an impressive initial burst when asked to close on the throw.
Takes good angles toward the play, displays some natural ball skills and can adjust and make a play. Does a nice job deciphering whether to attack the ball or man in space and routinely makes the solid decision. Possesses natural coordination when asked to open up his hips, displaying good enough fluidity to turn and run and average straight-line speed vertically, but plays faster because of his initial burst. Showcases a good feel vs. the run as well.
Consistently carries out his responsibilities, will set the edge, force plays back inside and is a solid wrap-up tackler. Will lay the wood in the deep half as well and has the ability to separate ball from man. Doesn’t generate the same type of pop in the run game when attacking downhill, but breaks down well, wraps and routinely gets his man to the ground.
Was convicted of a felony at the age of 19, but seems to have turned his life around since then. However, will be 27 by the time the 2012 NFL draft rolls around.
Impression: This is a pretty good football player. He has a natural feel for the game, a good burst and will click and close on the football. Character and age concerns hurt his chances of getting drafted. However, if he continues to tighten up his technique this guy can make and contribute to an NFL roster at worst as a special teams guy."
Brother of former Illini and current Tampa Bay WR Regis Benn; was a junior college All-American and made a nice transition to D1A football last fall posting 64 tackles while picking off three passes;
Has an excellent size and speed ratio and is a big hitter when he locates the ball, but isn’t all that instinctive and lacks great ball skills."
However, if you ask anyone close to him, the fact that he has spent time in prison would come as a shock to anyone who got to know him prior to learning that information. Henry spent some time in a “halfway house” of sorts which he described as similar to what Mike Vick went through. After watching his brother in the Rose Bowl, Henry decided to make a comeback to college football, though the road was much tougher than most.
Whenever he would tell a prospective college about his situation, it seemed the interest in him disappeared, and no team was willing to take on someone with that kind of checkered past. That is, until he was taken in by the College of DuPage 150 miles away from the University of Illinois, where his brother played.
Henry made his mark at the College of DuPage, where he earned the trust of the coaches and became a top tier junior college recruit. Ron Zook and the Fighting Illini took him in, and he has not disappointed. Henry is a big, strong safety with excellent speed, and really the only downside to his game is going to be his starting age in the NFL, though we saw a 26 year old in Danny Watkins drafted in the first round by the Eagles this past year.
Henry will be 27 this season, and 28 during his rookie year in the NFL, but that’s not going to stop him from knocking people out. Henry’s closing speed is absolutely phenomenal, and he has great instincts. His ball skills could use some improvement, but he led the Illini with three interceptions last year, and he hits like a wrecking ball.
Henry is a father to his daughter Tatum, as well as a husband and has really turned his life around, and gives all the glory to God. In his first year with Illinois, he had 63 tackles, a forced fumble, and three interceptions. He should be one of the key players for the Illinois defense in 2011."