Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Trey Hendrickson

Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic
6-4, 266
Hendrickson was a four year player for the Owls, with his last two seasons being very productive in terms of what you are looking for.
As a freshman, he finished with six tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he finished with 30 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, and five sacks.
He really started to bloom as a junior, as he finished with 39 tackles, 15 TFLs, and 13.5 sacks. He also added five forced fumbles to his resume.
As a senior, Hendrickson totaled a career high 50 tackles, 15 TFLs, and 9.5 sacks. He added two PBUs as well.
Hendrickson was third team All-Florida out of high school, and finished first team All-CUSA as a junior and as a senior.
The Good
Uses his hands as a weapon while working off of the edge.
Gets good speed coming off the edge and can throw some punch behind it as well.
Solid arm extension into blockers.
Footwork is a plus, and adds an excellent spin move to his cache of weapons.
Excellent ability to force fumbles and get at the ball.
kick blocking specialist who blocked four total kicks in his senior season.
The Bad
Not a great run defender, mainly a late down or long yardage backup type guy for the next level.
Does not think quickly, waits for plays to develop rather than attacking off of the snap.
Plays too high. Does not exhibit good pad level.
Can get bounced around when he does not get a good first step.
Can get beaten by lessor athletes.
Does not always get a straight line to the QB, and can be forced wide. Has to go through layers to get to his target.
Final Overview
Hendrickson will serve a team well as a pass rush backup DE and special teams demon who can get to the football with athleticism and decent speed. He does not look like a first two downs end, and wil lhave to develop into that role on the next level. I can see him sliding into the third day of the draft, while teams find a role for him, but he is not a lock to make a roster out of this draft. He is going to have to work for his spot and show value in roles.

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