Miami's Seantrel Henderson was the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect coming out of high school. (Gerry Broome/AP)
At least one team -- the Eagles, per Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski -- recently removed University of Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson from its draft board. Thanks to an admission by Henderson himself, we might have found out the reason.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that Henderson has admitted to NFL teams his multiple suspensions in college were related to marijuana use.
"I'm just being honest with every team and letting them know exactly what the situations were, and that I'm putting all the negative things behind me moving on to the next level," Henderson said. "I want to be a starter and play in the NFL.
"I'm showing my character. Showing them that I'm responsible, reliable, dependable," Henderson said. "I want to keep letting them know all the negative things are behind me."
Henderson has long been something of an enigma on the field, both at Miami and in the NFL's eyes. Just as often as he flashes dominant abilities from the tackle spot, he loses focus or struggles. The off-field issues have only added to the mystery. Henderson's most recent suspension came in October for what was deemed a violation of team rules; he missed one game before being reinstated by Miami coach Al Golden.
There could be any number of reasons that the Eagles reportedly bounced Henderson off their draft board, up to and including the fact that the team already has Jason Peters at left tackle and 2013 first-rounder Lane Johnson on the right side. Even with the uncertainty surrounding him, Henderson could be taken as high as Round 1 and is a solid bet to hear his name called sometime before Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) is over.
Also unclear as of yet is how the rest of the league might view Henderson. How he handles the upcoming weeks could go a long way in that determination, especially since it's not unheard of for prospects to test positive during the combine week drug screening.
Henderson dabbled with the thought of turning pro last year, after his junior season. However, he opted to stay at Miami after being handed a low grade -- somewhere outside of Round 3 -- by the draft's advisory board.