Hynoski's first two years at Pitt were non-descript, first sitting out the 2007 season to redshirt then playing five games on special teams with one carry for three yards against Navy. Coaches started using his skills a bit more his sophomore year, as he ran the ball 24 times for 107 yards and a score, while also catching 15 passes for 109 yards. He was used more as a receiver (25-174-1) than a rusher (12-33) in 2010.
At Pitt, the bruiser's main job was to block for backs Dion Lewis and Ray Graham. And when heading straight into defenders and paying attention to his knee-bend, Hynoski can be devastating. He'll need to be more consistent in those areas if one of the teams still using lead blockers expect him to be a long-time contributor as a fifth or sixth round pick.
Positives: Attacks linebackers directly in his path. Once engaged, resets his hands after initial contact and will walk back his man. Can come off one defender to hit another in proximity. Plays through the whistle. Fair hands for the position, will be a good check-down to get six-eight yards a reception. Able to extend away from his frame to bring in wide throws. Used as motion tight end and in the backfield. Intelligent player; multiple Academic All-Big East mentions.
Negatives: Plays too tall for the position. Lack of flexibility and inconsistent knee-bend make it easy for linebackers to stand him up in the hole. Misses inside targets, struggles to adjust to running defenders in space. Resorts to cut blocks against defensive backs in the open field. Stands up to blitzers in pass protection but lacks bend and does not provide much punch. Gives up after initial contact when defenders puts up a fight, does not move his feet. Misses chip blocks on his way out to his route. Suffered mild concussion against Louisville in October 2010."
Positive: Large lead-blocking fullback with a one dimensional game. Displays good vision, squares into defenders, and turns them from the action. Strong at the point of attack, removes linebackers from plays, and works hard until the whistle blows. Bends his knees and plays with leverage.
Negative: Lacks speed, quickness and cannot create space for ball carriers. Fights the ball as a receiver and does not have soft hands. Lacks agility and struggles to finish blocks.
Analysis: Hynoski is a limited player with marginal size/speed numbers yet a prospect that could be a reserve fullback in a power running offense."
Negatives: Not a great runner, is rather slow and doesn't have much shiftiness to him... Has essentially no experience running the football, only carried the football 37 times over the past three years... Missed two games in 2010 due to a mild concussion."
Weaknesses: Not very fast. Looks for the blowup block at times, and fails to get the job done as a lead blocker occasionally. Decent hands, but still no sure thing in that area.
Projection: 6-7 rounder, who should've (and would've) gone higher, had he played during an earlier era."
Weaknesses: Has average speed for the position at best and lacks the quickness and elusiveness to gain yards after contact. Does not possess good run skills or production.
Bottom line: Hynoski was a two-year starter at fullback for Pitt. He'll fit best in a traditional West Coast offense, as he is capable of serving as a lead blocker, pass protector and underneath receiver in the backfield. His lack of speed will hinder him as a legitimate fullback in the NFL, however. Still, he has draft value because of his ability to play on special teams. Even as a rookie, he'll compete for playing time."
Hynoski is certainly a throwback player, but he is unique because he is a surprisingly good athlete for a 260 pound fullback who loves to knock over linebackers. During the 2009 campaign, Hynoski carried the ball 24 times for 107 yards and a score. He also caught 15 passes for 109 yards. He has been more involved in the passing game during the 2010 campaign and has already reached the end zone on one of his 17 catches. Two or three times per game quarterback Tino Sunseri will check down to Hynoski and he almost always makes the catch and does a good job of running over some people to pick up a few extra yards.
Hynoski is only a redshirt junior this season, so he will likely return to Pitt for his senior season. However, he will be the best fullback whether it be in the 2011 draft or the 2012 draft. Unfortunately for Hynoski, top fullbacks are not often drafted very high."
I find it amusing that the above Scouting Reports employ profuse use of terms such as "traditional" and "throwback" to describe the style of Henry Hynoski, as they often do to describe any Full Back who can't do much running or receiving...But the reality is that the true "Classic" Full Back was, indeed, a "Full" Back: He did it all: Blocking, Running, AND Receiving: This currently popular notion of a "throwback" Full Back as a guy who specialized in Blocking, with little thought given to the other skills, is pure Urban Legend: In the old days, when rosters were FAR smaller, every last player on Offense HAD to master several skills in order to retain his job...and MOST of them played full time on DEFENSE, as well!!
It's only been the modern era, and dramatically expanded rosters, that've spawned the era of "Specialists."
Even so, the "Full Back" ~ a term I use ONLY to describe these specialists who offer superior Blocking skills but not much else ~ is an Endangered Species, for the simple reason that if you cart a guy out on the field whose dominant skill is Blocking, you leave very little question ~ for the Defense ~ as to what you're going to be doing with him: Being adept at multiple skills at the alleged "Skill" positions is increasingly vital to survive in this league, much less thrive. Given that...
Henry Hynoski is a good prospect as a Blocker, though his Technique needs works, above all his Crouch. He CAN catch the ball or run it, but does neither with particular skill. Projected as a Late Rounder, he offers substantial value as a role player.
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