MARCUS HENRY (Sixth-Round Pick, 171st Overall in 2008 NFL Draft)
Much like 2015, the 2008 NFL Draft saw several Kansas players hear their names called at the podium. Unlike that 2015 season, however, these 2008 draftees were legitimate contenders to make serious impacts in the pros, as that year’s KU football team was legit.
Marcus Henry had a dominant 2007 season, hauling in 54 receptions for 1,014 yards and ten touchdowns, as Kansas became a good football team for the first time in a long time. Henry was a big part of that and he became one of the many Jayhawks in 2008 to be drafted.
While Henry’s NFL career didn’t pan out the way he’d have liked, he’s done well for himself in the CFL.
Marcus Henry rounded out that 2008 draft for KU, going in the sixth round to the New York Jets.
That would be where the excitement would end for Henry, as he’d never appear in a game in the NFL. Being a sixth round pick can make it tough to really show your skills, and that’s what ultimately happened to Henry.
He spent two seasons with the Jets and then moved onto the Panthers practice squad in 2010. From there, he would play in the Canadian Football League, where he remains today as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.
While Henry’s NFL career didn’t pan out the way he’d have liked, he’s done well for himself in the CFL. That’s still a plus for a former KU great!