Seantrel Henderson was once considered the No. 1 high school football prospect in the country. Now he is in danger of not being drafted this season.
Henderson's draft stock appeared shaky despite an incredible frame at 6-foot-7 and 331 pounds, plus long arms and massive hands. He had an up-and-down career at Miami -- that included three suspensions -- and mediocre performances at the Senior Bowl and scouting combine.
Now comes more questionable news, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Miami OT Seantrel Henderson didn't help himself today - "quit" his Pro Day workout halfway through it. No explanation yet. Disappointing.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 3, 2014
Could this push Henderson out of the draft altogether?
NFL teams will need a darned good answer to what happened Thursday if this report is true. If there was the matter of an injury, or if he had some major personal distraction, it's possible that a few teams will look past this.
Henderson's camp has responded. Agent David Levine told the Miami Herald that Henderson "did not quit" the workout but rather that dehydration was the reason he could not finish. Levine said that Henderson met with New York Giants GM Jerry Reese after the workout and also met with the offensive line coaches of the Bengals, Seahawks and Jets as well.
Mortensen saying Henderson quit "was quite a mischaracterization," according to Levine.
But it's still not likely to look good to the NFL scouting community. Few players have Henderson's physical traits, but there are hundreds who have the burning desire just to get the chance to compete for an NFL job. And sadly, questions of whether Henderson loves football have surrounded him for years.
We'll have to see if this truly was a case of dehydration or whether NFL teams really are worried about Henderson's desire to live up to his rare physical gifts.
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