INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Former Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson (right) runs a blocking drill with former Florida offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
There used to be a time when Miami Hurricanes players were in high-demand in the first round of the NFL Draft. This year, a Canes player may not hear their name called for the first two days of the draft which starts Thursday night.
When he came to the University of Miami, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson was expected to be the next great lineman at the U and eventually a top 10 draft pick. But after a poor career at UM, a reported failed drug test at the scouting combine, and an overall feeling that he lacks needed maturity; Henderson may go from the number one recruit in the nation to not getting drafted.
According to the Miami Herald, draft prognosticators have slotted Henderson everywhere from the third round to not being drafted. Many of the projections were before the failed drug test was reported this week by ESPN.
According to the Herald, it may be 6’6”, 310 pound guard Brandon Linder who could be the first Canes player taken in the draft. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock told the Herald Linder and Henderson are heading in opposite directions on draft boards and while Linder isn’t as physically gifted as some, he’s “smart and tough.”
Mayock told the Herald that Linder is likely a fourth or fifth round pick.
Still, for the school that has produced some of the best talent the National Football League has seen in the past 30 years; it’s a sign of just how far the U’s recruiting and player development fell over the past 4-6 years.