A dual threat kicker that shines both on field goals and as a punter. Has the leg strength and range to kick well beyond 50 yards, with the potential that he might be able to hit from 60 on some of his kicks. Shows good accuracy inside 40 yards. Shows nice ability on onsides kicks, able to get a good bounce off the turf to allow hands team to recovery. Shows good leg strength as a punter, able to kick his team out of trouble. Gets good hangtime. Shows good directional potential, able to work the sideline and get good hangtime on the short field.
Will line drive some punts and outkick his coverage. Will shank a punt on occasion. Doesn't always wow you with his hangtime and distance as a punter.
He is the best kicking prospect i've seen since Nate Kaeding, way back in 2004. Henery probably jumped to the national stage last year in Nebraska's Big 12 championship loss to Texas. He was the Nebraska offense in that game, making 4 field goals including a go-ahead 42-yarder with less than 2 minutes on the clock. He was very accurate and consistent during his career at Nebraska, making 89.5% of his 76 career field goals. Only missed 1 of 43 attempts inside the 40, and 26 of 33 from beyond 40, including 5 of 11 from beyond 50. Career long was a 57-yarder as a sophomore. Worked as a punter the past two seasons and showed improvement as a senior, averaging 43.2 yards on 69 punts, up from 41.4 on 77 punts as a junior. His touchbacks reduced (7 to 5), forced fair catches increased (8 to 14) and had roughly the same kicks inside the 20 (30 as a junior, 26 as a senior). Didn't have to handle kickoffs (only 7 career kickoffs) because of Adi Kunalic, a dynamic kickoff specialist. But he at least has the leg strength to potentially handle it.
Henery has the potential to work either as a kicker or punter in the pros, which is a rarity. Usually most dual threats excel in one and are decent enough in the other. But Henery excels in both. I think his upside is slightly higher as a kicker because having quality there is a much more premium position. But I do think that in time, with more development he could be one of the premer punters in the league as well. But it's hard to see as accurate, consistent, and strong-legged kicker like him go to waste on punts. After the Michael Koenen experiment here in Atlanta, I don't think it's really possible for a dual threat guy to exist in this day and age in the league, but if anybody could be the exception to that rule, Henery is probably it. Kicking at Nebraska isn't a walk in the park, since there are elements that come into play there, so I think he can play anywhere. BUt if a team was going to try and make him a dual threat, then I think it would have to be a dome team to try and minimize that aspect. The only real question mark about him is his ability to kick off. Leg strength doesn't always translate to kicking off, but considering that Henery has such a good leg both as a kicker and punter, it's hard to imagine that he wouldn't at least have above average leg strength as a kickoff specialist.
Henery could work in Atlanta either as a punter or kicker. But his best immediate value is probably to develop him as a kicker and potential replacement for Bryant. But if the Falcons did lose Koenen, he would be a good candidate to replace him as well, since he should shine in a dome. He has the potentail to be a top kicker or punter in Atlanta because of the environment. And is good enough in terms of his potential that he could beat either Bryant or Koenen in a straight-up competition as a rookie.
I think the fact that Henery kicks and punts so well actually might hurt his value a bit because I'm not completely convinced of where he sticks in the pros. I don't think it would be crazy for a kicker-needy team to take him in latter half of the third round. But it's hard to justify such a high pick because of the question marks about his kickoff ability. As a punter, he would also probably a nice fourth or fifth round candidate.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Leg Strength: 4.5
Clutch Kicking: 3.5
Leg Strength: 4.0
Directional Kicking: 4.0
Clutch Kicking: 3.5
Scouting reports of the kickers, punts, and long snappers in the 2011 Draft.
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