Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson has professed to NFL teams that his rash of suspensions with the Miami Hurricanes were because of marijuana use, the offensive tackle told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel during Senior Bowl Week.
Henderson, who came to Miami as one of the most highly touted offensive line prospects in the school's history, was suspended on three separate occasions during his four-year career.
"I'm just being honest with every team and letting them know exactly what the situations were, and that I'm putting all the negative things behind me moving on to the next level," Henderson said. "I want to be a starter and play in the NFL."
"I'm showing my character. Showing them that I'm responsible, reliable, dependable. I want to keep letting them know all the negative things are behind me."
Once considered to be a sure-fire first-rounder, Henderson's behavioral issues and inconsistent play have dropped him to a likely second-day selection in the 2014 draft. He was benched on three separate occasions for violating unspecified team rules, including a one-game suspension during his senior year. In total, he started just 24 games during his college career.
The 6'7, 331-pound Henderson, who is rated the No. 13 offensive tackle prospect by SB Nation, will still draw interest from pro teams based on his physical tools alone. The Sun-Sentinel spoke with one anonymous NFL executive who said, "as long as he doesn't fail the combine's drug test, we can get past that. Plenty of teams take chances on players with his talent."
Not all teams will be looking past his checkered past — philly.com reported this week that Henderson has been removed from the Eagles' draft board.