HENRY HYNOSKI JR.
Does a good job hitting his assignments as a lead blocker. Is able to get out in space and locate defenders well there, and can deliver the cut block on the edge to spring the back. Uses his size effectively to square up defenders. Uses his hands to get position and keeps feet working to drive defenders off the ball. Can be a load in the hole, and shows some ability to adjust to oncoming defender in space. Comfortable playing H-back and will occasionally line up on the outside. Is a nice outlet receiver in the flat, able to adjust to throw. Can be a load after the catch when he can get downhill and finishes runs hard.
Not as physical a lead blocker as his size merits, and is not a smashmouth guy that is going to clear out defenders. Not a skilled ball-carrier and ball security can be an issue. Not super-quick to the hole. Will drop some easy throws from time to time.
Despite his excellent size, Hynoski is more a position than power blocker. But his ability to contribute in the passing game, at H-back, and size potential makes him a solid fullback prospect. In time, he should be able to develop a more physical, smashmouth disposition. He was the lead blocker at Pitt the last two seasons, leading the way for Dion Lewis and Ray Graham. He combined for 143 yards on 37 carries (3.9 avg) and 1 touchdown, as well as having 40 receptions in that span. Prolific high school rusher (over 7,000 career yards). HIs dad (Henry Hynoski Sr.) was a fullback for the Browns in 1975.
Hynoski is fairly NFL ready, as he rarely misses assignments and is a sound lead blocker. He contributes on the ground and in the passing game, but probably not at the levels where he'll be considered super dynamic. He's a nice outlet receiver in the flat, capable of catching 15-20 passes in most NFL offenses, but won't be used too much. As a runner, he can contribute in short-yardage, but no team is going to really hand him the ball a lot. Although there is probably a bit more potential than most fullbacks and he can be a poor man's John Kuhn in terms of his carries. The only thing really missing from his game is that smashmouth ability, but I think eventually that will come as he develops. He'll fit best in an offense that will use him a lot in the backfield, but he has the added versatility of being able to play H-back, so even teams that don't use a lot of fullback can get some value out of him. Probably the best comparison I would say for him due to his size is Mike Sellers.
Hynoski would be a nice developmental guy to have behind Mughelli, although he would mostly be relegated to special teams early on. If some of Mughelli's toughness and physicality rubs off him during his first few years, he could become one of the more punishing lead blockers in the league. But he's a nice fit in the Falcons offense because they make use of the fullback and will also probably use him on occasion as an H-back, giving him added versatility.
Hynoski definitely merits a draft pick for some team in the latter half of the draft. The fourth or fifth round are ideal spots to land him.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Scouting reports of the running backs and fullbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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