We all love physical freaks, players who produce, and players who have familiar names so I'm surprised no talk about Erin Henderson who should be a legit draft prospect. Only a junior he could leave early especially since he was a redshirt. He is probably most known for being EJ's brother, but as solid as EJ is, Erin is on a whole nother level when we are comparing them as prospects. All the hype goes to the Miami players like Calais, Kenny Philips, some Clemson and FSU guys, Chris Long, and the Tech LB's but IMO Henderson is the premier defensive player in the NFL and could go top 10 when he declares, whenever that is. He really flies under the radar for what he brings. First off the freakish physical numbers. Henderson is a 6-3"" 236 pound linebacker. He first came to college park as a QB so that tells you the type of athleticism that he possessed in high school and now college. In terms of combine numbers he should be one of those typical Maryland freaks like Vernon Davis. Last year he was a top lifter on the team as the highest lifting backer with a bench press of 365 pounds. He also runs like a safety and although his timed 40 is 4.58 I can easily see him running sub 4.5 in the mid 4.4's. He's that much of a freak. And while all of those numbers are great it's the play that's most important. To put it in simple terms he is a tackling machine just like EJ was but unlike EJ Erin has world class athleticism. He tackles like Ray Lewis and runs like Ed Reed, which allows him to fly around the field making tackles, as well as perform well in coverage. Last year in his first year starting he was amazing. He was 2nd team all ACC 2nd in the ACC and 31st in the nation in tackles per game at 8.8. He also was 2nd in the acc in forced fumbles. In addition he had multiple 10+ tackle games including a monstrous game with 17 tackles. Finished the season with 114 tackles. He in addition became the vocal leader of the defense. I just think he has everything you look for in a linebacker. An active runstopper who plays with a high motor and passion makes tackles all over the field, and he is also good in coverage and runs like a safety. He came to the school on the light side but IMO even now he is at a perfect playing weight and really is a gym rat, so be sure to check him out tonight on the national stage against Slaton, and White of West Virginia. His number is 1 so look out to hear his name all night. He has 20 tackles so far this season in 2 games.
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