After a rookie season in which he led all NFL tight ends in touchdowns, former Arkansas All-American and current Los Angeles Charger Hunter Henry was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team on Tuesday. Henry is the first Razorback since Tony Ugoh in 2007 to make the PFWA All-Rookie team.
The first tight end taken in the 2016 NFL Draft following his junior campaign in which he became the second Razorback to win the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end, Henry finished his first season with 36 receptions for 478 yards, which led all NFL rookie tight ends.
Henry’s hauled in a receiving TD in five of the last seven games of the season while his eight on the year led all AFC tight ends and were fourth-most in the conference. Out of Henry’s 36 receptions, he converted 30 into first downs good for an AFC-leading 83.3 percent of his grabs among players with 20 or more catches. The 83.3 percent first down percentage also ranked second overall among all NFL players with 30 or more receptions. Henry registered at catch in 13 of 15 games, highlighted 12-yard grab against Denver that resulted in quarterback Phillip Rivers becoming the Chargers’ all-time leading passer.