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Prospect Profiles: Aaron Henry

AARON HENRY, S, WISCONSIN

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6, 203, 4.52

SCOUTING REPORTS:

NFP:

A solidly built safety prospect who made the move from corner following the 2009 season and has some natural cover skills. Does a nice job sitting into his drop, staying compact with his footwork and has some click and close ability when asked to drive on throws under him. Isn’t afraid to play in the slot, is patient off the line keeping his body square in his backpedal and takes good angles on passes under him. Possesses only average straight-line speed when asked to turn and run, but is physical in man, does a nice job getting a bump initially and can re-rout receivers and throw off their timing if they try to run by him. Exhibits some natural fluidity in the deep half as well when asked to get over the top. However, isn’t real instinctive in any area of the game. Doesn’t get many early jumps on the football, has a tendency to stop his feet when trying to read and react and takes himself out of far too many plays. Isn’t a real ball hawk or playmaker at this stage. Now, has only played the position one year and has some room to grow, but he’s a very reactive player at this stage, not proactive.

Generates a thump into contact when attacking the line of scrimmage. Squares his shoulders well, brings his legs and there is a snap into contact. Is patient as a last line defender as well, using the sideline to funnel ball carries, but isn’t overly aggressive and again, never really seems to be on the offensive, doesn’t quite trust himself to just let it lose at this stage.

Impression: A good-sized kid with some natural cover skills and range, but is still learning the mental nuances of the game. Still developing at the position, but skill set says potential starter.

PFW:

Upside:

• Heady player — diagnoses quickly
• Pedals easily
• Good balance, flexibility and agility
• Capable vs. run, pass
• Productive on the ball
• Terrific character and football makeup

Downside:

• Needs to get functionally stronger
• Average play speed and burst off the hash
• Overall game lacks explosion and violence
• Can shore up tackling
• Durability (history of knee injuries)

The Way We See It:

A well-built converted cornerback, Henry is a finesse free safety with smooth movement skills who roamed deep zones at Wisconsin. Might not be physical or durable enough to attract much consideration but does possess enough range to warrant interest.

FF Toolbox:

Safeties who can cover in man coverage out of college are more rare than one would think. University of Wisconsin safety prospect Aaron Henry can do just that as he formerly played cornerback for the Badgers. His limited experience at safety will prove to give general managers and scouts the idea that he still has more development to come at the position.

Henry exhibits good patience with his footwork and lower half. Many cornerbacks are too quick to open up their hips, but Henry is very disciplined. In exchange for that discipline though is that he does not get a jump on the ball with regularity. He will need to be in the video room often, studying his opponents’ tendencies rather than relying on athleticism.

As a tackler, he isn’t afraid to mix it up but lacks that aggressive streak coaches like to see out of the safety position. Henry will flow to the ball, but he won’t explode and needs to learn to keep his feet moving and active.

When he fully understands the position, he has the potential to be a solid reserve but simply lacks that attractive, elite natural ability that many other safeties possess.

Henry projects as a fourth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Aaron Henry is a former corner who has played the safety the past few seasons. Good size. Obviously, good cover ability. Really nice athlete. Decent tackler, and plays with physicality. Needs to work on his instincts, and is still learning the safety position. Needs to become more active, flying to the ball. But he has a ton of natural ability, and cover pretty much anyone in the deep zone. He’s a 4th round pick. We know the Giants need safety depth. Henry can cover the deep half right away, and I think as he learns the position can play in the box. Has starter potential. Can play on third downs and special teams right away. But for him to be a starter, needs some time. But will be a good depth safety right away.

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