One of the biggest steals of the entire 2016 NFL Draft may have been the Chargers selection of former Mackey Award-winning tight end Hunter Henry from Arkansas early in the second round.
Henry had a terrific rookie season. He led the Chargers with eight touchdown catches – tied for most in the NFL by a tight end and tied for second in the League among rookies. His 478 receiving yards were the most by any rookie tight end in the NFL in 2016.
One of the reasons Henry was the nation’s top tight end as a collegian was that he did not drop a single pass thrown in his direction during the entire 2015 season. Henry also proved to be a capable blocker. During that 2015 season, 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, Ark., Henry’s father, Mark, also played at Arkansas (1988-91). Mark was a team captain as a senior in 1991. He is now a Pastor in Little Rock. Henry’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time at the beach.
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.