NEW YORK--University of Arizona running back Chris Henry, who decided after the 2006 season to forgo his senior year, was drafted Saturday in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
Henry was the No. 50 overall pick, a great position for a player who was almost entirely under the radar as an underclassman and relative unknown prior to earning heavy praise from his showing at the NFL Combine earlier this year and in many private workouts with potential NFL teams.
He started seven games for UA in his three-year career, all those last year when he led the team with 581 rushing yards on 165 carries. He scored seven touchdowns running the ball and caught 21 passes for 191 yards and another score. His first two seasons were spent as a backup to Mike Bell, who proved himself as an NFL rookie free agent last year with the Denver Broncos.
Click here for Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher's reaction to Henry's selection, including his contention that Henry could be "an every down" type of running back for the Titans.
Henry is the highest UA selection in the draft since tailback Trung Canidate was the final pick in the first round and receiver Dennis Northcutt was the following selection as the first pick in the second round in the 2000 NFL Draft. The most recent first-day pick was 2003 third-round selection Lance Briggs, who has become an All-Pro and Super Bowl linebacker for the Chicago Bears.
Offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was UA's long pick in last year's draft, a seventh round selection by Washington.
Other Arizona players who could be drafted in rounds 4 through 7 Sunday, or earn free agent deals, include safety Michael Johnson and kicker Nick Folk, as well as all-purpose back Syndric Steptoe, defensive back Marcus Hollingsworth and defensive lineman Marcus Smith.
High School: Edison High School, Stockton, Calif., 2003 ... PrepStar All-West for coach Booker Guyton ... SuperPrep All-Farwest ... Finished third in the Metro Relays 100m in March 2002 ... SuperPrep preseason all-region pick ... Rushed for 300 yards as a junior fullback ... Some colleges projected him as an outside linebacker, all considered him for positions requiring speed ... Won the 100-meter dash in the 2003 CIF State meet at 10.56... Won Stanford Invitational (10.71) and the 2003 Oakland Invitational (10.77) ... Team captain for track final two years ... Also earned two letters in basketball and three in baseball ... Honor roll his final three years in high school.
Personal: Academic major is philosophy... Stayed in school in the spring semested and is on track to graduate in May... Son of Claude and Erica Henry of Stockton ... Mother is a teacher and father is a correctional officer ... Younger brothers are active in sports ?- Darren (football) and William (baseball and basketball) ... Full name: Christopher John Henry ... Date of birth: June 6, 1985,
Henry’s Career Totals
Year G-GS Rush Yds TD Long
2003 2-0 14 33 0 12* hardship year
2004 11-0 56 159 2 15
2005 11-0 34 119 0 21
2006 11-7 165 581 7 61
Totals 35-7 269 899 9 61
Receiving: 2- (-3) in 04; 2- (-3) in 05, 21-197-1 in 06; 25-191-1 total