Former University of Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. And as a result, his reputation and projected NFL Draft status keep plummeting.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported Monday via Twitter that Henderson “tested positive at [the] combine for smoking marijuana, per league sources.”
Schefter said NFL teams were “notified last week.”
When contacted by phone Monday, Henderson’s agent, David Levine, said he was unable to discuss the situation.
Henderson came to UM from St. Paul, Minn., in 2010 as the reigning USA Today High School Offensive Player of the Year. He battled everything from suspension to homesickness to back surgery to a car accident to the deaths of a family member and close friend during his four years with the Canes.
He was suspended multiple times by UM coach Al Golden, most notably for marijuana use, he told the Miami Herald the week of the Senior Bowl in late January.
“I was partying a little bit too much at times,’’ the soft-spoken, kindly disposed 6-7 tackle said that day when asked to explain his multiple suspensions. “I had got into trouble a couple of times for marijuana. I just put all that behind me.”
Apparently not, though he has been publicly contrite more than once. A little more than a year ago he said, “To be honest, I just know I don’t have too much time left for any mistakes, for any mess-ups. The sand is just going through the little time glass. Every day I wake up, I’ve got to do everything right, I’ve got to be everywhere on time and I’ve got to get my job done.”
After slimming down to 331 pounds and displaying impressive speed and agility at the NFL Combine in February, Henderson came to the UM Pro Timing Day eight pounds heavier. He reportedly left UM before completing the workout, but Levine and Golden said he was dehydrated and returned to finish his workout.
“I don’t think that was a fair representation, because he did finish,” Golden said last month on WQAM. “… No. 2, Seantrel toward the end of his career was playing his best football, was playing his most consistent football. I’d tell [NFL teams] that he’s a guy that needs structure, that needs to continue to be part of the process, but that he has come a long way.
“… Sometimes people say, ‘Is he the type of guy that will divide a locker room?’ That is not Seantrel. Seantrel is not a divisive figure at all. In fact, he’s a loveable kid. People like him. He’s had some hiccups, but clearly those are things that he’s addressed and has been open and honest about.”
Henderson, who started 26 of the 43 games he played in at UM, was not expected to be picked higher than the third round in the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday. The Dolphins hosted him recently in their annual locals visit, and he was believed to be a late-round option, if at all.
When asked to evaluate some UM players last Thursday during a national teleconference, NFL analyst Mike Mayock said Henderson was “the most gifted,” but added that “he’s had off-the-field issues and on-the-field inconsistencies. He is a first-round talent that I don’t think is going before the fourth round – and that’s probably where he’ll go, somewhere in the fourth round.”
But that was before Monday’s revelation.
Levine told The Herald late last week that Henderson had dropped four pounds and was down to 335. “Everyone tells me he’s a first-round talent,” the agent said. “Obviously teams have to take into account some of the things that have happened off the field. However, everyone who meets Seantrel loves him as a person. There are some guys who just aren’t good guys and have off-the-field issues. That’s not Seantrel.
“He’s still only 21 years old and he’s going to grow into a man. He’s owning up to some of the stupid things he did. But we’re going to chalk it up to immaturity.”