So Bill Parcells was able to wait it out and still got his man in Chad Henne. Was it the right pick? "Time will tell," Henne told the press today of his prospects to win the starting job. The consensus on Henne is that he has a great arm but his pocket awareness and decision making are kind of crappy. The immediate comparison that comes to mind is Drew Bledsoe. A statue in the pocket whose decision making was questionable and who showed flashes of greatness but was, overall, mind numbingly infuriating. Hopefully, in the end, Henne turns out to be more of a Tom Brady than a Drew Bledsoe.
Henne started all four seasons at Michigan and finished with 47 starts and a 59.7 completion rate. As I've pointed out before, that projects to a good career. Not great. But good. It means that, even while playing with talented guys like Mario Manningham, Mike Hart and Braylon Edwards, and even though he started all four years in college, his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. Now Bengals QB Carson Palmer finished his career at USC with 45 starts and a 59.1 completion rate. However, Palmer is a better athlete and all around better quarterback than Henne is. But if we're going to find a favorable comparison, it's Palmer. Henne also played in a pro-style offense at Michigan, which will only help him get into the groove of things at the next level.