Heard the name Trey Hendrickson before? Relax. Most NFL fans don’t have a clue.
But, apparently, you are about to hear more about him Saturday afternoon in the East-West Shrine game in St.Pete. And, if all goes well, the Florida Atlantic defensive end will gain some draft “buzz”‘ and become an intriguing name after the first round coming in April.
While guys like Myles Garrett of Texas A & M, Jonathan Allen of Alabama, and Taco Charlton of Michigan are the defensive ends that will get the pub on night one, Hendrickson will enter the conversation and war room discussions likely in night two (second and third rounds).
And, an indication of that is how he’s looked at Shrine practices in St. Pete. For example look who is at the top of NFL Media Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s ten standout players from his observations in person and talking to coaches/scouts at the practices this week:
“Florida Atlantic DE Trey Hendrickson: Hendrickson had an outstanding week. He won almost every single rep in the one-on-one periods and he was consistently disruptive in the team portion of practice. He has very quick hands and a good feel for what he needs to do to win as a pass rusher.”
Having played on a team with an awful 3-9 record in a conference (C-USA) that gets little national pub, it’s easy to understand why he would not be a known commodity. But, even in a losing season, the Apopka, FL, native’s accolades and numbers are making observers take note. In 2016 he was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year with 9 1/2 sacks and his total of 23 over the last two seasons definitely stands out. He was also a first team All C-USA defensive selection in both of his last two years in Boca Raton.
And, the 6’4″ 270 lb. Hendrickson also blocked an impressive four total kicks on special teams in 2016, which led the nation.
Will his impressive showings this week in one on one drills, etc. translate into the game Saturday? If it does, then clearly, his momentum will grow.
And we already know Hendrickson has also been invited to the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine in February for another closer look at his size, weight and other measurables. That’s a good thing, too.
There will be a blur of names playing Saturday at Tropicana Field, but if you are looking for “value” at defensive end later in the draft, Trey Hendrickson is one to keep an eye on, now, and for the next 90 days.