Quarterback - Michigan
Combine Height: 6-3
Combine Weight: 230
Combine 40 Time: 4.90
Threw for 9,715 yards and 87 touchdowns in four seasons as Michigan’s starter; also threw 37 interceptions and completed just 59.8 percent of his passes.
Used to be that a four-year starting quarterback at a prestigious school like Michigan could punch his ticket for the first round. One year into his Wolverines’ career, it certainly appeared that was the path Henne was on. However, Chad’s freshman year was statistically his best, so he’s not mentioned in the same paragraph as Matt Ryan when it comes to NFL’s draft day. Henne did resurrect his stock during Senior Bowl week, reminding scouts he’s a talented, experienced quarterback capable of making all the necessary throws.
Henne also has all the intangibles—leadership, toughness, moxie—and could very well end up a more productive pro quarterback than he was in college. Without the pressure attached to being a first-round pick, Henne may have a year or two to adjust to the pro game before being asked to take over an NFL team. Under those circumstances, Henne brings plenty to the table.
The performance of Henne and Joe Flacco in the postseason all star games and at the combine may be one of the reasons the Dolphins feel they can pass on Matt Ryan in Round One. Henne isn’t likely to go off the board in the first round, but Miami should get another shot at him at the top of Round Two. If they opt for Flacco, Brian Brohm, or the status quo Henne could wind up with the Falcons (again, assuming they pass on Ryan), Chiefs, or Ravens. There are enough teams with a significant need at quarterback bunched at the top of the second round that it’s unlikely Henne will last beyond the top 50 picks.
Henne has plenty of big-time experience, but it’s difficult to see an NFL team asking him to come in and run the show from Day One. If he does, it’s even more unlikely that a team ask him to win games with his arm. The best possible option for Henne’s pro development is a team that can give him a year or two of clipboard action and mop-up duty. Tough to cull any immediate fantasy help out of any of those situations.
Long-term, the worst-case scenario scouts envision for Henne is that of a capable backup. And if he lands in a good situation, there’s the distinct possibility that in a couple years he’ll become a decent NFL quarterback with reasonable upside. He’s not a must-have in a dynasty league, but a late pick used to stash him away with hopes of him developing into a quality NFL starter by 2010 wouldn’t be a complete waste of a roster spot.