TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas
Why it makes sense: Jared Cook offers help in the short term at tight end, but he may only be around for a year. Hunter Henry is the best tight end in the class and would be the future starter.
Henry could compete for snaps as a rookie while being groomed into the No. 1. His ability as a pass-catcher and blocker makes him an intriguing prospect, and one Mike McCarthy could use in a number of ways.
Why it doesn’t make sense: Cook was signed for a reason, and taking Henry in the first round could require leaving talented players at other positions on the board. With Cook plugged into McCarthy’s offense, a mid-round guy like Tyler Higbee would make sense as a developmental piece to groom into a starter.
Verdict: I’m torn on this one. Adding Henry would be a pick with the future in mind, which is important. Cook could only be around a year, and Henry would be able to compete for some snaps as a rookie while offering depth if injuries strike.
Tight ends often take some time to develop in the league, so adding a talent like Henry on day one and grooming him into the future starter would make sense.
On the other hand, finding a defensive lineman, edge rusher or inside linebacker would offer more immediate help.
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