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Chad Henne, QB, Michigan

Name: Chad Henne (+) Coming off shoulder injury

College: Michigan Number: 7

Height: 6-3 Weight: 228

Position: QB Pos2:

Class/Draft Year: Sr/2008

40 Time: 40 Low: 4.98 40 High: 5.28

Projected Round: 1-2 Stock:

Rated number 3 out of 111 QB's 30 / 2545 TOTAL

02/25/08 - The coach we talked to after he was done surveying the action sounded like a man who wants no part with any of the QB Class of 2008. He shared his assessment of the action: ``Awful. This is the worst I have seen. There were a lot of bad football players on that field. ``Matt Ryan didn t throw today. On film, I like him. I think he s the best of the bunch. But we haven t seen him yet. Brian Brohm threw today. I think he was OK but his arm is just too weak and might not be enough at the pro level. But he didn t jump out at you like a top-10 pick, or anything close to that. After that, gosh, it was bad with the exception of Brennan who made 100% of his throws and was fun to watch I couldnt stop cheering every time he threw the ball. ``Chad Henne is a big, slow release guy, he stands in the pocket too long. He s got a big, wide base, kind of a squatter, not fundamentally very strong. There just aren t many fundamental quarterbacks. ``The kid from Nebraska [sam Keller] was just awful. ``Joe Flacco, fundamentally he s pretty average. But I watched him take about a million sacks on tape. He s a big, tall, long release guy. My whole deal with him is if he took a million sacks in college, what s going to happen in the NFL? Kind of reminds me of that big kid from Michigan that Arizona had, John Navarre. Same thing. He took too many sacks. He couldn t move around. Just like that kid from Arizona State that wound up in Oakland, Andrew Walter. He s going to be out of the league in another year. Do you want him? ``Andre Woodson? He didn t do anything either. I guess I ll have to go watch him work out at some point. This coach won t be holding his breath on the way to that workout either.

QB Chad Henne is noted for his accuracy, but struggled a bit during the morning session Sunday. He missed a few receivers in various drills, although he did finish on a strong note with two excellent passes on the deep up and out pattern to finish the session.

he has the strongest arm in the pack and he often thren laser cannons over his recievers head. He lacks touch and he seems to throw with evey thing he got on every given pass.

What has made Henne so popular is his passion for the game and will to win and be succeful. I like him he reminds me of a Big Ben but not quite as mobile. Look for him to be taken in the late 1st round and mid 2nd round

Ready to start: C+

Potential: B+

Status: Work on Progress, possible steal

Success in the NFL: It will depend on the team who drafts him. With the right coaching he can become successful in the years to come. He needs a good QB couch to help him on his throw and delivey. This kid is running with a gun and shots with his eyes closed. he can play in the system at the pro level and can have lots of success

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putnam6 (2/26/2008)
3rd or later on QB, weak class and everybody knows it. I'd prefer a project than a miss to early at QB.

Kevin O'Connell is the man then! A highly gifted quaterback that is graded higher than both Henne and Flacco. Bring him home TD!

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MOVING UP: Chad Henne improves NFL Draft stock at Senior Bowl practices



Former U-M quarterback Chad Henne is earning rave reviews after strong performances in the first two days of practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Coming off a career-best performance in his final game as a Wolverine, Henne's stock for April's NFL Draft continues to rise. After outplaying Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow on New Year's Day (373 yards and three touchdowns), Henne continues to eclipse more heralded signal callers leading up to the draft.

Henne is earning the praise of scouts with both his physical tools and intangibles. Nearly every account from the practices has him outperforming USC's John David Booty, Kentucky's Andre Woodson and Hawaii's Colt Brennan.

Sports Illustrated lists Henne as the second-biggest riser so far.

"The former Wolverine has looked solid the past two days. He throws the nicest deep pass of any quarterback in attendance and has connected on several throws of 40-plus yards," draft analyst Tony Pauline said. (View his whole article here.)

John Clifford of Draftboardinsider.com had a similar assessment:

"Chad Henne was clearly throwing the best looking ball and is more consistent than John David Booty and Joe Flacco. That s not to say good looking or consistent enough, or that Flacco is too far behind, intriguing for sure, but I m not buying what I expect to be a bit of a Cutler-like swell of hype. Neither Flacco nor Booty are screaming NFL starter against the baseline of Henne today," he said.

Like Sports Illustrated, Draftboardinsider.com has Henne as one of the players who has risen the most since the start of camp."

A look at some of the QBs at the Combine

By Steve Wyche | Sunday, February 24, 2008, 01:41 PM


Checking in from Day 4 of the Combine and this morning, I was one of about 50 media types who got to watch a portion of the player workouts at the RCA Dome (my partner on the beat, Darryl Ledbetter - D-Led - was part of a second group).

A group of quarterbacks and wide receivers was working out but Boston College s Matt Ryan - projected as the top quarterback in the group - was not in my group. He will be in D-Led s group so he might be able to give you an update later.

Some of the quarterbacks I got to watch were Michigan s Chad Henne, LSU s Matt Flynn, Louisville Brian Brohm, Hawaii s Colt Brennan, Delaware s USC s John David Booty and San Diego s Josh Johnson.

There s been a lot of hype mounting behind Johnson, who, at 6-3, 213, threw 43 touchdowns and just one interception last season for the Division II school. Johnson s strong arm, field presence and evasive running style have him moving up some draft boards, but he struggled with a lot of his throws today. One of the knocks on him during some of his postseason workouts has been that he throws a wobbly ball.

He threw a lot of them today. A scout said a wobbly pass is usually a result of someone squeezing the ball too tight and said that was understandable for Johnson, who likely was nervous because has never been anywhere close to this type of stage. Receivers also had to wait on several of his passes.

The scout I spoke with said he s seen Johnson play a few times. He said that today s performance wouldn t work much against Johnson, the MVP of the East-West game, because of how well Johnson threw the ball in real football situations.

Henne and Brohm looked like the most natural quarterbacks of the group. Their swagger and ease in which they executed drills put them at the head of a very talented assemblage.

One side note, FSU wide receiver De Cody Fagg suffered a left leg injury while trying to catch a pass and had to be carted off the field. No official word of the severity of his injury has been issued, but it didn t look good.


When Michigan quarterback Chad Henne returned for his senior season, expectations obviously were high.

After leading the Wolverines to the Rose Bowl in 2006, Henne and fellow seniors Mike Hart and Jake Long were thinking big. All three decided to stay at Michigan as seniors instead of entering the NFL Draft.

It was all set up for Henne and the Wolverines in 2007. They were the team to beat in the Big Ten, and Henne was regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in college football.

This all sounded great until Sept. 1, when Division I-AA Appalachian State shocked the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines dropped another home game the following week against Oregon, to start off 0-2.

During the embarrassing 39-7 loss to the Ducks, Henne suffered a leg injury that caused him to miss the next two games (against Notre Dame and Penn State). Henne's missed start against the Irish snapped a 39-game starting streak dating to his freshman season.

Michigan quarterback Chad Henne has impressed some scouts with his leadership.

It was a difficult start to what was supposed to be a banner season for Henne, a former five-star quarterback out of Wyomissing, Pa., which is about an hour northwest of Philadelphia. Another injury, sustained Oct. 20 in a victory over Illinois, set him back more.

Henne hurt his shoulder in that win, and that injury bothered him through the end of the regular season. In his final regular-season game with the Wolverines, against archrival Ohio State, Henne was 11-for-34 (32.4 completion percentage) for 68 yards and no touchdowns. It was the only time in 47 career starts he completed less than 40 percent of his passes.

Henne still was able to end his Michigan career on a high note, as the Wolverines a near two-touchdown underdog whipped Florida 41-35 in the Capital One Bowl. Henne threw for a career-high 373 yards and three touchdowns. He said the bowl was the only time Michigan was operating at full strength this season and it came at an opportune time, because the Wolverines were able to send coach Lloyd Carr out with a victory in his final game.

"It was a difficult season, there's no doubt about it," Henne said. "Losing those first two games at home was hard, but we bounced back and won eight straight. We didn't finish the way we wanted to against Wisconsin and Ohio State, but we definitely had a great game against Florida.

"We expressed how if we were healthy how good our team could've been. We really played well in that game just so the seniors could go out with a win and also Coach Carr."

This week, Henne has been in Mobile with several of the nation's top seniors trying to improve his NFL stock. His senior season definitely left the door open for criticism, and that's why he feels strong performances here and at the February NFL Scouting Combine will answer some questions NFL teams have about him.

"I don't really know where I stand," Henne said. "With the injury I suffered, the scouts seemed to forget about me during the season. I'm just here now at the Senior Bowl to prove myself and hopefully I've done that."

Purdue wide receiver Dorien Bryant is one player in Mobile who's familiar with Henne through their days in the Big Ten. After working with Henne this week, Bryant said there's no doubt Henne is the best quarterback on the North squad, which also includes USC's John David Booty and Delaware's Joe Flacco.

"I said that (Wednesday) and I stand by it again," Bryant said. "He's not really separated himself, but to me he's shown more than the other guys.

"I think all the guys have done really good, but I'd say he's stood out the most. He's had a great week. He's thrown some real good balls and made some real good decisions. I know from hearing stuff about him during the season people would say he just throws the deep ball and (receivers) go get it. This week, I think he's shown his versatility."

Draft analyst Frank Coyle of www.draftinsiders.com is a Henne fan. Coyle said the rich tradition of Michigan quarterbacks will get Henne drafted, but he also said Henne's play this week may have moved him up a round or two.

Henne's been throwing a nice ball," Coyle said. "You're not going to see too many Michigan quarterbacks sneak through the middle rounds. If you can breathe, they're going to draft you. & (Henne has) nice size. He had some injury problems this year, but he's a pocket passer and he's got the frame to withstand some pounding. He's got good mechanics, good footwork and a good arm."

Besides the obvious physical attributes Coyle mentioned, Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin whose staff is overseeing the North team at the Senior Bowl said Henne's leadership ability is what really has impressed him this week.

Kiffin had a good knowledge of Henne's abilities as a player from the 2007 Rose Bowl, when Michigan squared off against USC. Kiffin was the Trojans' offensive coordinator in that game.

"I thought Chad's velocity on the ball has been really impressive since Day One," Kiffin said. "That's really the first thing I noticed about him, but he is a good athlete and he can move around and he has a good pocket presence. He's been throwing the ball extremely well through some really small holes. I think he's going to be a great pro player, I really do.

"With his command in the huddle, he just takes charge and the players respond to him really well."

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He needs a good QB couch to help him on his throw and delivey. This kid is running with a gun and shots with his eyes closed.

I like Henne. He seems to show some decent upside and a bit more polished then some of the other non-frontrunner QBs.

BTW -- where do I get one of those "good QB couch"es -- maybe I'll be good enough to play in a year.

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One guys opinion. A lot of teams like the QB's in this draft. Ok, there is no Peyton Manning, but how often do they come along. Take it a step down, there is no Carson Palmer. That being said, there are guys available that translate to the NFL as day one picks. I'll take any of the top 6 guys and be happy.

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putnam6 (2/26/2008)
3rd or later on QB, weak class and everybody knows it. I'd prefer a project than a miss to early at QB.

Kevin O'Connell is the man then! A highly gifted quaterback that is graded higher than both Henne and Flacco. Bring him home TD!

did u just say that?
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i am not big on a guy becoming good at the combine. Henne has shown that through out his college career that he can win big games and throw good balls especially deep ones. I would take my chance with that than going for Joe "Kal-El" Flacco. Not saying Henne will tear up the world but outside of Ryan he has the best chance of being of value soon. More and More i think we need to go talk to a Todd Collins or a Billy Volek to hold us down for the year or so.

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I think Henne will end up being the best qb of this class. I think he will be a very good qb in the NFL over the coming years and I hope we can get him in the second round. I heard recently that his stock is rising a little and he may now go late in the first round. That would disappoint me because I want him to slip to us.

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xnex (2/26/2008)
I think Henne will end up being the best qb of this class. I think he will be a very good qb in the NFL over the coming years and I hope we can get him in the second round. I heard recently that his stock is rising a little and he may now go late in the first round. That would disappoint me because I want him to slip to us.

Me and you feel the same way about Henne.

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sporkdevil (2/26/2008)
And that is why I don't see any QB's this team HAS to have this season. If we take Matt... I don't know what I would do.

Oh, wait, yes I do


Or become a Dallas fan, or maybe the Jags, I dunno.

You may be the only poster on this board that agrees with me on that underlined part. Emphasis on HAVE to have.

Edit: My bad... you & Scott Hartley

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