Posted: 6:46 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014
By Matt Porter
When he stepped on campus at UM in 2010, Seantrel Henderson looked like a future NFL draft pick.
Not a seventh-rounder, though.
That’s what he became Saturday. Henderson, the former top high school recruit in the nation, was drafted 237th overall by the Buffalo Bills.
Henderson slid down draft boards because of a variety of off-the-field issues at UM – at least three suspensions, marijuana use (he tested positive at the NFL Combine and admitted using while at UM) and, in his words, “partying too much.” He also had to stop his Pro Day drills short due to dehydration.
The massive (6-foot-7, 331 pounds) tackle started 26 of 43 games at UM. Henderson got several chances at UM, more than other players in Al Golden’s tenure. In the NFL, it will likely be different.
“He’s got one chance and one chance only,” ESPN analyst Bill Polian said of the pick.
According to reporters in Buffalo, that’s exactly what Bills GM Doug Whaley told Henderson.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who predicted Henderson wouldn’t go before the fourth round, said he hoped he would find his game in Buffalo.
“The kid has more God-given natural ability than you can even believe … and has just turned himself from a first-round pick to a seventh-round pick,” he said. “I wish the kid well – I hope Buffalo’s able to help him grow up. I’d like to see nothing more than this kid grow into and mature into this massive talent that he has, and become a really good guy.”