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02-23-2011, 10:08 PM
sounds like a guy Mendenhall would like in front of him. let the Bruce Arians fullback jokes begin... :D

This year’s top-rated fullback plays with “disregard for my body”

Posted by Evan Silva on February 23, 2011


The top-rated fullback in the 2011 NFL draft is Henry Hynoski, a 6-foot-2, 257-pound prospect from Pittsburgh.

A rare underclassman fullback, Hynoski explained to PFT Wednesday that he left school early because, after firing Dave Wannstedt, the Panthers were transitioning from a pro-style to spread offense. Spread schemes tend to make little use of bulldozing lead blockers.

Hynoski spoke of playing “with disregard for my body,” and “wearing people down.” Hynoski patterns his game after former Bucs fullback Mike Alstott because “he was a beast,” and his father, who made it to the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Hynoski has watched all of his dad’s game tapes from high school through the pros.

“I idolized my dad,” he said.

I asked Hynoski about his forty time, and he said his focus was not on long-distance speed but rather on 10- and 20-yard splits, the vertical, and drills that show explosion. His training approach makes sense, since NFL fullbacks rarely run forty yards downfield.

Hynoski received a middle-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee.

Here is Hynoski’s YouTube highlight reel:


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02-23-2011, 10:17 PM
I would love to have a pure FB. Block for Mendy, catch passes in the flat, open up for the WR's.

But not on Brucies watch. :nono

02-23-2011, 10:20 PM
I saw Henry Hynoski highlights on youtube and it seems he can catch the ball of the backfield.

I think he will be a great fit in Bruce Arians offense.


02-24-2011, 02:04 AM
He's not a big blocker at all. He's more of a stand up stiff goal line runner and he can move out of the backfield.

02-24-2011, 04:08 AM
As far as my non-expert evaluation goes, I think he has very good quickness for a true FB. (He actually reminds me a tiny bit of Bettis in the slimmer years when he first came out of college.) This is where he may actually add something to our roster. David Johnson is not quick at all. DJ gains minimal yards on passing plays/outlets, whereas I think HH could actually make a LB miss or run over a CB. I think he blocks well on the move, BUT (here's the weakness) I don't know that he's going to block/turn/move a Ray Lewis or even a Brandon Spikes type of ILB in short yardage situations. Having said that, I don't think David Johnson does that for us either so it's not like we're losing a lot. I don't view HH's height as a problem, I think it could give him better leverage in many situations. Let's see how the kid tests in the 10 and 20 yard splits.

02-24-2011, 01:38 PM
Gimme Stanford's Owen Marecic instead. 6'0" 246 lbs. Excellent student who majored in biology focusing on infectious disease at a major academic institution. Started at both FB and ILB in college. Should be a special teams demon in the pros. Versatility to possibly save us an active gameday roster spot. My only concern is that his former coach, Jim Harbaugh, may overdraft him to join him in San Francisco, because he loves him.

02-25-2011, 02:22 PM
Ah, Henry is a pretty intelligent guy too, he was accepted into Pitt's school of Pharmacy although he switched to a business major and has a GPA at or above a 3.5 - I can't remember exactly. He hasn't reached his peak yet as an athlete and in my opinion will reach new heights in his professional career. He's not only smart and a great football player but he's a genuinely nice guy. Can't go wrong with having Hyno on your team.

02-25-2011, 02:38 PM
I didn't follow Hynoski a lot at Pitt but I do know that he had a high school career at Southern Columbia that most kids on that level can only dream of having.