K.J. Henry
K.J. Henry  DE  Clemson | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
K.J. Henry
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Winston-Salem, NC
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K.J. Henry DE/EDGE Clemson | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

K.J. Henry DE/EDGE Clemson
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #134 Position Rank: #28 (DL)
40 time: 4.70 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 255
Hands: 10 Arms: 32 7/8 Span: 79
Date of Birth: 01/27/1999 Age: 23.10
Overall Rating: 82.9 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 5th Position rank: #28
College Games: 56 College Snaps: 1676
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (92/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #5 Pos Rank: #3 State Rank: #1
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (99/100 )
Ovr Rank: #14 Pos Rank: #3
Draft Profile: Bio
K.J. Henry from West Forsyth High School was rated a 5-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Henry joined Clemson after being heavily recruited.

In 2018 as a freshman Henry saw action in 4 games and played a total of 39 snaps at Edge Rusher for the Tigers. He recorded just 6 tackles, no assists, while adding 5 stops.

As a sophomore for the Tigers in 2019 Henry played in 15 games and took part in 349 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded just 8 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 6 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 12 total pressures, and 8 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks during the year.

In 2020 as a junior Henry played in 12 games and contributed on 386 snaps. He recorded 13 tackles, 5 assists while making 13 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 16 total pressures, which included 8 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and 3 sacks on the year.

In 2021 as a senior Henry logged playing time in 13 games and logged a total of 341 snaps for the Tigers. He also added 14 tackles, 4 assists, and 15 stops. While in coverage Henry made no pass breakups, no interceptions, and an elite QB rating when targetted of 47.9. As a pass rusher, he tallied 23 total pressures, which included 13 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and a solid 5 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • His hand use is excellent; he’s strong in the upper body and consistently swats away blockers.
  • Henry has ideal length as an edge rusher, with room to add more weight onto his frame.
  • Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack. Tenacious, tough, competItIve and versatile.
  • He has violent hands and consistently breaks away and disengages from blockers. He’s instinctive, reading, reacting and locating the ball quickly, and finishing plays as an authoritative, wrap-up tackler.
  • He has quickness in his hands and uses his length effectively.
  • Henry has long arms and displays good power in his hands, which gives him the ability to slip off blocks. As a run defender, Henry has the speed to chase down ball carriers in pursuit.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Henry lacks the speed of a chase and- tackle guy. He lacks twitch as a pass rusher and lacks the feet and flexibility to threaten around the edge.
  • He’s very much a work in progress with his hand in the dirt. Henry doesn’t play with ideal physicality, often failing to set the edge as a run defender.
  • While Henry moves well laterally, he doesn’t always get there in pursuit.
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