Draft Profile: DT Willie Henry

From one Harbaugh to another, Willie Henry is headed from Ann Arbor to Baltimore.

Jim Harbaugh's good word was enough for John Harbaugh to pick up the University of Michigan product with the 132 overall pick in the fourth round of the Weekend's NFL Draft.

The defensive tackle played three years at Michigan, tallying 85 tackles and 9.5 sacks, 34 and 6.5 of which came in 2015, both career highs, which earned him an All-Big Ten honorable mention.

Height/Weight: 6'3"  303 LBS

Comparable player: Star Lotulelei

Strengths:

  • In a pass-happy league, versatile three-down defensive tackles can be a huge weapon.
  • Henry is more of a pass rusher than run stopper, has a high motor and is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback. If he does not win the initial battle at the line he refuses to give up on the play
  • He has enough quickness to play on the inside and outside of the defensive line if needed. 
  • overall solid athleticism, can fit in to nearly any scheme but must be molded into a role. 

Weaknesses:  

  • Not yet strong or quick enough to escape double teams. 
  • had five encroachment penalties in 2015, can be undisciplined into ally at the line.  
  • Can get caught off balance on run plays and is not the typical gap filling defensive tackle. 

Expert Opinions:

"He can play the run but he's got real good quickness up the field also, (the Ravens) are getting younger and more athletic on defense." -Mike Mayock. 

"Henry ws buried in a deep DL class but he's very talented. He's played all over the Wolverine's front but he'll be a 1-gap penetrator in even and odd fronts the Ravens utilize." -Mark Dulgerian

2016 Outlook: 

Henry likely fell to the fourth round in this draft because of the large number of defensive tackles in this draft, but his athleticism and potential was not going to go unnoticed. Henry logging 6.5 sacks as an interior lineman is impressive, and with the Ravens seemingly always looking to stockpile youth into their front seven, it will not be long until the aggressive, well-rounded lineman will be called upon in the 2016 campaign.