Seantrel Henderson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bills OT

Alex DunlapContributor IFebruary 26, 2014

Miami's Seantrel Henderson (77) stretches during pre-game warmups prior to an NCAA college football game against Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Seantrel Henderson, RT, Miami (HT: 6'7⅛", WT: 331 lbs.)

Buffalo Bills (Bills trade 224th pick and 2015 fourth-round pick to Eagles for RB Bryce Brown and 237th pick)

Seventh Round: 237th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Bryant McKinnie, OT, Miami Dolphins


  • Very impressive at the Senior Bowl weigh-­in.
  • Great-­looking prospect who carries his weight well and boasts a tremendous 84-­inch wingspan.  
  • Formerly a basic consensus as the nation's top high school recruit; was billed as "a mix of Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace" by Tom Lemming.
  • Terrific feet for an NFL tackle prospect; even more impressive at 331 pounds.
  • Plays with a clear sense of urgency, energy and motor, which serve as positive indicators of probable NFL success given his size.
  • Arm length and wingspan aid in execution of reach blocks.
  • Simply possesses amazing length; formidable enough to cover up numerous inadequacies in other facets of his game.
  • Has much less trouble than even much smaller athletes reaching the second ­level.
  • Gets great positioning to seal the perimeter due to expansive upper-­body movement radius.
  • All-­around athlete who has flourished in not only AAU basketball but also track, where he won the 2004 Minnesota Junior Olympics in both shot put and discus.
  • Ran the 12th-fastest 40-yard dash of all offensive linemen at the combine. 



  • Sloppy, stuck-­to-­the-­turf kick slide setting up into pass protection; issue needs immediate attention.
  • Appears hesitant; consistently put his hands in the air to seemingly indicate he wasn't holding at completely unnecessary times during 2013.
  • Likes to push and shove more than he likes to latch on and drive.
  • Can get "tunnel­ vision" versus stunts or in anticipation of pre­-snap motion from the defense, failing to make necessary adjustments.
  • Just seems very raw technically.
  • On occasion, will get moving in an out-­of­-control and unbalanced nature backward when countering outside speed.
  • Has had off­-the-­field issues as well as back surgery during college.
  • Philadelphia Eagles have already taken him completely off their board (presumably for off-field reasons), according to Jimmy Kempski of
  • Referred to as "still a work in progress" by his college OL coach Art Kehoe prior to the 2013 season according to Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.
  • Only six offensive line athletes put up worse numbers in the three-cone drill at the NFL combine. 
  • Did not participate in the bench press in Indianapolis.

Personal Notes

  • AAU basketball teammate and best friend of current Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes per Matt Winkeljohn of
  • Racked up at least three suspensions while at Miami per the Miami Herald.
  • Thought about going pro after his junior season at Miami but elected to return after receiving a third-round grade from the advisory committee.
  • Had a tenuous college career personally—even outside of the suspensions. A family member died, a close friend was murdered per the Miami Herald, and Henderson ran a red light and crashed into a family of six, injuring two children, one of whom was ejected from the vehicle according to

Ratings Chart



Seantrel Henderson clearly comes into the 2014 NFL draft evaluation process with a handful of questions to answer. He did his best to put his past behind him when addressing NFL teams and the national media at the Senior Bowl, owning up to his transgressions and vowing to move forward on the straight­ and narrow.

Outside of the character concerns, NFL teams will surely understand that they are taking a bit of a gamble in selecting Henderson this May, and his eventual draft position will reflect this reality. The raw potential is there, but the main issue is that Henderson has had amazing "upside" for years but remains a work in progress.

Henderson is about as true a tackle prospect as there is from a physical perspective, but at some point, evaluators will have to consider that the switch might not ever truly "flip" for Henderson. Conversely, they'll also need to consider that if the switch does flip, the team that selects Henderson will likely end up with a dominating monster who came at a supreme discount given the current state of affairs.


Draft Projection: Third-Fourth Round