Eric Henderson   DE   Georgia Tech

Strengths

Eric has one of the best bursts off the ball in this draft.  He is a smart player that has all the moves and uses them to his advantage.  He shows some leadership qualities through his play and looks to be a good teammate.  Eric is a quick player that uses his hands very well and loves to set his man up.  He understands situational football and has decent overall size to play his position at the next level.  He is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler and you guys know by now how I love that and will rate a player higher than most because of it. 

 

Needs to Improve

Eric has a problem staying healthy, which is why he is flying under the radar in this draft.  He has had leg injuries for the last two years and because he has skinny legs with a big barrel chest, you have to believe that this might be a chronic problem all of his career.  Then again, maybe not!

 

Talent Board Round   4

Eric will be picked on the second day of this draft and if he can stay healthy, he will be an excellent DE for the team that drafts him.  He will start and become one of the core players on a team.  He has all the moves and although he struggles a bit in defending the run, so do half the starting DEís in the NFL.  When I finally got a look at Eric, his overall talents stood out from other DEís in this draft because of his quickness and the strength in his burst off the line.  If he had stayed healthy all of this year, he most likely would have been rated right around the same area that Tamba Hali is rated in this draft.  That is the kind of potential that Eric has.  So I consider Eric a sleeper in this draft because there are many players who are injured with his talent that are being rated higher than Eric.  I remember a year when a RB who hadnít played in two years and had bad workouts was drafted at the end of the third round!  It would seem to me that with Ericís talent and history of leg problems that someone would think that at the end of the third round or the fourth, he would be worth a flyer.  I mean itís not like he has been out of football for two years with injuries!
by Drew Boylhart

THR

April 2006