Scouting Report: I don't normally go out of my way to scout kickers but in the case of the Nebraska Cornhuskers Alex Henery I had to make an exception. There have been some great college football kickers, but Henery really stands out over the kickers who've played the last few years. His leg on field goals is huge. I mean huge. Week after week I was so impressed with his ability to drive high field goals. And without any nerves. Typically when a college kicker lines it up for a big kick whether it's 20 yards or 50 yards, it's a white knuckle moment for the team and their fans. But not for Cornhuskers. It was just bombs away cool as can be.
Draft Status: I think Henery is easily one of the 100 best players in this draft and should be taken in the top 3 rounds. I can't promise that he will be, but he's going to outplay a lot of guys taken ahead of him.
Final Analysis: Henery is the best specialist whether it's kicker or punter in the nation by a longshot. He's going to win a starting kicking job for some NFL team and be clutch. The one shortcoming to his game in college was his ability to kickoff deep, which I never fully understood. Nebraska handed kick off duties to Adi Kunalic. But with the changes in the kickoff rules in the NFL it's not going to matter so what was once a weakness is now negated. He can just focus on booming field goals. Throw in the bonus that Henery is a good enough punter to at least cover an injury, maybe more, he's going to be a very useful guy.
Reminds me of: Rob Bironas K Tennessee Titans - Bironas has a hammer for a leg and is money from deep. Same as Henry who's got a long successful career ahead of him.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy