There has perhaps been no greater enigma in the ACC than Seantrel Henderson, who had the talent and physical tools to start as one of the premier tackles in the conference but was consistently benched for poor drive and attitude.
Henderson has quite a pool of talent to draw from and was named the starter his freshman year at Miami, but he continues to be displaced for his character issues, both on and off the field.
Like Carrethers, Henderson is freakishly strong even for his position and would premiere as one of the stronger players in the NFL should he see the field as a starter. Like current Vikings guard Brandon Fusco, Henderson plays with nastiness and isn't afraid to use his overpowering strength to impose himself on opposing defensive lines.
To go along with that, Henderson has phenomenal agility for a man of his size and can either use his lateral quickness (and fantastic length) to protect the edge or pull as a lead blocker in the run game.
As a pass blocker, his technique is sound and has shut down some of college's top pass-rushers. Not only does his footwork look nearly polished, but his upper-body movement as a pass protector is well established, too.
Unfortunately, his technique in the run game is questionable, and he still has work to do to translate all of his raw power into effective running. Sometimes, Henderson is slow off the snap and doesn't quite move players off their spot as quickly as he should or establish dominance from the moment he engages.
His massive size has made it difficult for him to win with leverage, and he'll need to take some time to integrate better leverage into his game. Just like his strength, he hasn't turned his agility into a weapon in the run game, either, and is poor at the second-level in creating lanes. Sometimes acting heavy-footed and often playing a little hesitant as he identifies his assignment, he's an average run blocker at the moment—disappointing given all of his tools.
The biggest problem with Henderson is not his run-blocking technique, though. He's been suspended for undisclosed violations of team rules, violated traffic laws (leading to an accident) and missed time due to back surgery. In many games he would play, he'd have played less than half the snaps and missed the opportunity to start. Even when he did start, he would be taken off the field for significant stretches of time.
While many project the Miami player to play in the NFL as a tackle, a better fit could be as a guard, where some of the concerns that scouts have about speed and consistency can be hidden. Moreover, his strength could be put to better use grading roads and preventing interior pressure than it can pushing defensive ends out of the way.
Depending on the nature of his coaching conflicts, Henderson could go high in the draft, but it's more likely that he drops into the third day waiting for a team to take a chance on him.
But if Mike Zimmer is willing to take on another character project, the Minnesota native could return home fulfilling the massive promise he had coming out of Cretin-Derham Hall.