PFF scouting report: Willie Henry, DT, Michigan

Mike Renner and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of Michigan's Willie Henry ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Willie Henry, DT, Michigan


Below is the PFF draft profile for Michigan’s Willie Henry, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

3-technique. Possibly 5-technique

Stat to know:

His 10.2 pass rushing productivity is seventh-best among interior players in the class

Combine stats:

Height: 6-3
Weight: 303
Arm length: 33 ⅜ inches
Hand size: 10 ⅞ inches
Bench: 28
40-yard dash: 5.00 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 9-2 inches
3-cone drill: 7.57 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

What he does best:

— Explosive athlete. Consistently one of the first off the ball. Enough athleticism to play some base end which he did at Michigan
— Fires off very low. Rare that an offensive lineman could get lower than Henry and gain leverage. Consistently played on the other side of scrimmage
— As a pass rusher he was equally effective going up against tackles as he was going up against guards. Flashes a nice spin to the inside

Biggest concern:

— Questionable balance and very stiff. Had some ugly reps because of it and cut blocks killed him. Not sure he’ll ever be able to hold up to double teams
— Run game awareness was non-existent in certain games. Will drop his head into blocks. Can’t adjust if he doesn’t win immediately. Looked completely lost against wide runs in the Indiana game
— One year of production alongside a stacked defensive line that saw plays fall right in his lap. Graded right at average on 313 snaps as a junior

Player comparison:

Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota Vikings. Henry doesn’t have near the hands that Floyd has, but Henry’s get off is very reminiscent of Floyd’s

Bottom line:

Not many interior defenders in the class can match Henry’s explosiveness and his upside as a pass rusher will make him a mid-round pick. He’s very unrefined though at the moment and may never be an every down run defender in the NFL.

 

 

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