Henley is a great athlete and plays with great energy and effort. Stylistically he's a good match with the Jets and someone like C.J Mosley could help round out his technique and football IQ much like he has for Quincy Williams. He's also a plus in coverage which is an area where the Jets LB group could use a boost.
Pre-Draft Visit w/ Jets
Henley is a run and chase LB from Washington State. He's a super senior and a transfer from Nevada. In 2022, Henley had 106 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and an interception. As a former wide receiver, he has rare movement ability for the position but does have room to grow and experience to gain at the position.
Henley is an athletic LB with a safety build and because of that, Henley is reluctant to take on blocks head on. He's athletic enough to evade lineman and still make plays from time to time but at other times avoiding contact led to him giving up big plays. Henley also is susceptible to misdirection or delayed reads. However, when Henley gets reads right, he's lightning quick to react and cashes in with a good amount of splash plays.
In coverage, Henley is a fluid and natural mover. This is where the former receiver traits come in handy. He can match up with any RB out of the backfield. He also can carry TEs and even slot WRs deep into zones.
Henley is an outstanding blitzer both from distance or straight up on OLs. He's great at using his agility and explosiveness to work his way through gaps and affect the quarterback.
Henley is a player who might need time but also has a shorter window as an older prospect. He could contribute right away as a sub linebacker and perhaps eventually work his way into a more consistent role by year 2. He would benefit from either a strong supporting LB group around him or a defensive line that can occupy offensive lineman and keep him clean.
Henley had a pre-draft visit with the Jets.