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This year’s top-rated fullback plays with “disregard for my body”

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The top-rated fullback in the 2011 NFL draft is Henry Hynoski, a 6-foot-2, 257-pound prospect from Pittsburgh.

A rare underclassman fullback, Hynoski explained to PFT Wednesday that he left school early because, after firing Dave Wannstedt, the Panthers were transitioning from a pro-style to spread offense. Spread schemes tend to make little use of bulldozing lead blockers.

Hynoski spoke of playing “with disregard for my body,” and “wearing people down.” Hynoski patterns his game after former Bucs fullback Mike Alstott because “he was a beast,” and his father, who made it to the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Hynoski has watched all of his dad’s game tapes from high school through the pros.

“I idolized my dad,” he said.

I asked Hynoski about his forty time, and he said his focus was not on long-distance speed but rather on 10- and 20-yard splits, the vertical, and drills that show explosion. His training approach makes sense, since NFL fullbacks rarely run forty yards downfield.

Hynoski received a middle-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee.

Here is Hynoski’s YouTube highlight reel.

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15 Responses to “This year’s top-rated fullback plays with “disregard for my body””
  1. hobartbaker says: Feb 23, 2011 6:11 PM

    Henry wasn’t concerned about his 40 time. “Sometimes I drive straight through to the end of the 40 and get in fairly late, other times I’ll stop to sleep along the way and finish the trip the next morning.”.

  2. joetoronto says: Feb 23, 2011 6:16 PM

    He seems like a tough kid.

    I have to say though, college defenses are a joke.

  3. descendency says: Feb 23, 2011 6:20 PM

    Owen Marecic and Stanley Havili might be higher rated lol.

  4. hobartbaker says: Feb 23, 2011 6:22 PM

    Hynoski is described as an old school, throwback, type of football player. Of course with a name like Henry he would be regarded as old school, throwback, in any occupation.

  5. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 23, 2011 6:45 PM

    Maybe the Vikings could get him to replace the useless slab of meat they have in Tahi.

  6. ytownie says: Feb 23, 2011 7:20 PM

    Peyton Hillis did pretty good this year as an “old school throwback”. Come to the Browns Henry -we’ll take you.

  7. grantgoodman93 says: Feb 23, 2011 7:22 PM

    And this post is sponsored by Hynoski’s agent

  8. truwarier90 says: Feb 23, 2011 7:24 PM

    he’ll probably end up being a bouncer for a dive bar in 2.5 years.

  9. jc1958cool says: Feb 23, 2011 7:32 PM

    who top rated him? hyper kyper, mc says mc shay, blowhard mayock!! i hope it was a respected scout, GM-please!!!

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 23, 2011 8:20 PM

    No Henry I don’t know. You said it. What’s so funny about me? Tell me! What the F is so funny about me?

  11. freedomispopular says: Feb 23, 2011 9:19 PM

    How dare he say that…I’m pretty sure that deserves a fine.

  12. icewalker946 says: Feb 23, 2011 9:32 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says:
    Feb 23, 2011 8:20 PM
    No Henry I don’t know. You said it. What’s so funny about me? Tell me! What the F is so funny about me?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Am I clown? Do I amuse you?

    Classic movie. Classic scene.

  13. tangysizzl says: Feb 23, 2011 9:36 PM

    The Packers are one of the few teams in the league who carry 3 fullbacks, maybe the only one.

    If that sounds like a bad thing well, who can argue.

    With this kids skill set I think he would thrive in GBs offense. Seems like a faster and more brutal version of fan favorite John Kuhn.

    Hard working tough guy, Henry “No Regard” Hynoski

  14. pittsburghsteelerz says: Feb 23, 2011 9:38 PM

    Looks like he has good hands and handles movement/audibles at the line.

    If he works at it, he could be a valuable pro in a dual FB/TE role.

    David Johnson of the Steelers comes to mind.

  15. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Feb 24, 2011 4:45 AM

    truwarier90 says: Feb 23, 2011 7:24 PM

    he’ll probably end up being a bouncer for a dive bar in 2.5 years.

    ———————–

    And by then perhaps you will have moved from making the hamburgers to taking people’s orders at Mickey D’s…

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