The Chargers drafted the winner of the 2015 John Mackey Award as the nation’s top collegiate tight end when they landed former University of Arkansas All-American Hunter Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Besides winning the Mackey Award as a true junior in 2015, Henry was a consensus first-team All-America, including honors from the Associated Press, USA Today, ESPN.com and The Sporting News. He also was a consensus first-team All-SEC choice after catching 51 passes for 739 yards and three scores in 2015. His yardage total was tops in the nation among all tight ends and even more impressively, Henry did not drop a single pass thrown in his direction during the entire 2015 season. Henry is also a capable blocker. In 2015, he did not allow a sack or quarterback hurry and he played a key role in the Razorbacks running game which rushed for more than 200 yards in an SEC-best six conference games.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Henry finished his Razorbacks career with 116 catches for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. In three seasons, he started 30 games and played in 38.
Henry’s father, Mark, also played at Arkansas (1988-91) and he was a team captain as a senior.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick by Chargers (35th overall), April 29, 2016...signed four-year contract, June 3.
COLLEGE: 2015 John Mackey Award as nation’s top tight end...consensus first-team All-America, including Associated Press, USA Today, Sporting News and ESPN.com as junior in 2015...also second-team All-America by Sports Illustrated and consensus first-team All-SEC...116 career catches for 1,661 yards (second in school history) and nine touchdowns…eighth SEC tight end all-time with 100 receptions and one of only four with 1,500 yards...93 of 116 career receptions (80 percent) resulted in first downs...led FBS tight ends in receiving yards (739), first-down catches (36) and plays of 15-plus yards (21) in 2015...second-team All-SEC as sophomore in 2014...Freshman All-America, second-team All-SEC and named to SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013...placed on Mackey Award Watch List as true freshman...played at Arkansas from 2013-15...pre-business major.
PERSONAL: Born in Little Rock, Ark...first-team All-America at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock...team captain for Under Armour All-America Game following senior season...107 catches for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns as senior while leading team to semifinals of 5A state playoffs...64 catches for 1,093 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading Bruins to 14-0 mark and 4A state championship as junior…led team to state title runner up as sophomore with 45 catches for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns.