Henry Bainivalu NFL Draft

Henry Bainivalu

  • IOL Washington
  • Senior
  • #72
  • 6'6"
  • 340lbs
  • Prospect
  • Pac-12

Prospect Summary

Henry Bainivalu 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Played varsity football as a high school freshman
  • Wrestled and threw shot and discus in high school in addition to football 

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: Spread
  • 2022 projected role: Starting RG 

Pros: Henry Bainivalu has entrenched himself as a starter for the Washington offensive line beginning in 2020 and just keeps getting better and better. Built like a tackle in terms of length and wingspan, Bainivalu more than holds his own on the inside for Washington. He is a smooth operator for his size that plays with outstanding control. I love his ability to slide his feet and mirror rushers with good bend while staying square. As a run blocker, he sustains blocks and maintains control because of his power and mass but also because of how he positions his frame to win. Bainivalu is excellent in space and operates with great timing. His experience shines through his awareness and poised manner working through problems that are presented by pressure packages and exchanges. 

Cons: I wonder if NFL teams will look at Henry Bainivalu as more of a tackle despite having less than 50 career snaps there. He’s polished his game so much as a guard and his size/length combination does not restrict him at all on the inside and I hope he stays there. He could be more aggressive with his punch and slightly more consistent sliding his feet when rushers get to his edges, but it’s a minor gripe given how controlled he normally is.

Henry Bainivalu NFL Draft Scouting Report by Joe Marino