The merits of pro days has been a hot topic every time the NFL draft rolls around as people question how much a prospect can gain in a scripted workout in shorts, but a player certainly can hurt their draft stock should they up and quit in the middle of the workout as former Miami Hurricanes offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson did today.
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
The 6’8″, 345-pound tackle has the frame of a first-round draft pick and was a former top recruit coming out of high school, but his character and demeanor suggests he will be nothing but a late-round flier at best after quitting during a pro day which is more or less a job interview.
Seantrel Henderson has so much natural talent, but man he’s doing all he can to go undrafted.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 3, 2014
Scouts Inc. has Henderson as their No. 92 ranked prospect prior to today’s embarrassment, but today was a reminder that Henderson has a past littered with red flags.
From Scouts Inc’s evaluation ($) of Henderson, “He was suspended for the 2011 season opener, cited for three motor vehicle violations following a car accident in 2012. Reportedly ran a red light and hit a car carrying a family including a five-year old girl that was ejected from the car and lived. Suspended of the start of 2012 spring practices and showed up significantly late for a summer of 2012 training session.”
Does this sound like a player you would feel comfortable investing in? It’s one thing if a player has off-the-field issues early in his career and shows maturity and grows up from those mistakes, but in the case of Henderson, you have to seriously wonder if he ever will.