The Bills drafted two offensive linemen before Seantrel Henderson. Henderson, in 2013 was considered at top NFL prospect at OT. During the course of the year, well before the 2014 NFL Draft, Henderson’s stock took a dramatic fall. A player with first round talent, drafted in the 7th round.
The Bills are taking a chance on Henderson and they know it. But, if it works out, they have a talented player that they got in the last round on the last day of the NFL Draft.
Henderson has had off-field issues, which is why his stock has fallen. He has run into some drug issues; failed numerous drug tests in college as well as at an NFL Combine. He also was unable to complete his Pro Day workout. all of these issues combined to drop Henderson to the 7th round.
“We’ve talked to Seantrel and he knows that he’s got one shot,” Bills G.M. Doug Whaley told ESPN. “We’re saying we’ll give you this one shot. It has nothing to do with us saying this guy is a talented football player; he’s been dealing with some demons. Hopefully those demons are out of his life and why not give somebody — this is America — give somebody a chance.”
Buffalo knew what they were getting into and were willing to take a chance on Henderson.
“It was something that we did a lot of research on. We want to make sure that we know exactly what the situation is, exactly what we’re dealing with and seeing if we’re able to be the proper influence to make that change,” Marrone said. “And does the player want to make that change? I think all those things come in to play and if that happens we’re going to get ourselves one heck of a football player. If it doesn’t, he’ll go find another line of work.”
If Henderson works out, the Bills could have a top talented OT as their back-up for this year behind Cordy Glenn and possibly Cyrus Kouandjio on the right side. If Henderson is able to move to the interior, we may see a line (from left to right) that looks like this: Glenn, Henderson, Eric Wood, Cyril Richardson, and Kouandjio with Erik Pears, Kraig Urbik, Chris Williams, Chris Hairston and Doug Legursky coming off the bench. Probably a long shot at this point that Henderson plays on the inside, so more than likely we will see either Urbik or Williams at the other guard opposite possibly Richardson. I would say not too bad on the O-Line at this point.