It’s laborious calling Saints defensive finish Trey Hendrickson a bubble participant going into coaching camp however promise solely counts if it’s realized.
The New Orleans Saints’ haul from the 2017 NFL Draft was epic. There are a couple of cracks exhibiting although. Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams backslid a little bit bit final 12 months. Ryan Ramczyk, Alvin Kamara and Alex Anzalone improved. Defensive finish Trey Hendrickson actually hasn’t discovered a spot although. If he had, there wouldn’t be 9 folks in camp for 5 defensive finish slots. We’ll discover out quickly sufficient if the bubble bursts on him.
We began the profiles of the lads making up the Saints 90-man coaching camp roster with a breakdown of the receivers group, adopted by the operating backs, tight ends, offensive line and we wrapped the offense with the quarterbacks. On the defensive aspect of the ball, we start with the defensive ends.
For particular person profiles on the defensive aspect of the ball, we’re switching issues up. The profiles will go from probably reduce to primary. We began our profiles of the 9 gamers vying for a roster spot at defensive finish with rookie Corbin Kaufusi, then former Carolina Panther Wes Horton and we proceed with third-year Saint Trey Hendrickson.
The historical past
The Saints thought they have been getting a steal with Trey Hendrickson within the third spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft. And it’s like this yearly drafting at any place. You actually simply don’t understand how a participant’s abilities are going to translate to the following stage. Particularly with EDGE defenders. You’re evaluating them going up towards, within the case of Trey Hendrickson, sorry to say it, however rubbish left and proper tackles in 9 out of ten of the video games they play.
Trey Hendrickson got here out of Florida Atlantic. I’m certain they’re a wonderful establishment. I hear their masters program in We’re Near the Seaside is effectively well worth the cash. Hendrickson completed his school profession ranked 24th on the NCAA all-time sack leaders record.
That’s spectacular however effectively behind the mark set by Dontay Moch and Sutton Smith. And never even near the dominant drive who is available in at quantity three on the record, Saints legend Hau’oli Kikaha. When you get my level. Each Dontay Moch and Sutton Smith have been drafted due to their school manufacturing and by no means had a daily season snap within the NFL to indicate for it.
I exploit Smith and Moch as references as a result of they’re each simply forward of Aaron Donald. He’s quantity 22 on the record. School manufacturing for these gamers virtually all the time means nothing. Effectively, definitely it means one thing. It means one thing to only go from highschool to the faculty recreation. And it’s entire different leap to the professionals.
Trey Hendrickson’s school profession, he had one recreation towards an opponent price speaking about the place he was productive. That was in his junior 12 months towards Florida when he had two sacks. Simply to dial again the hype on that one, Florida had Treon Harris quarterbacking in that recreation. That might be the identical Treon Harris who transferred to be a large receiver at perennial powerhouse Tennessee State.
The remainder of the profession sack whole got here towards Outdated Dominion, Florida Worldwide, UTEP and the remainder of Convention USA. Within the execs, Hendrickson hasn’t finished a lot. His greatest season was as a rookie when he obtained 344 snaps and had two sacks. In 2018, that snap rely had been decreased to 157.
I’m not doing an excellent job of profiling on Trey Hendrickson as a result of I really feel he’s obtained one foot out the door. On the mix, he didn’t take part within the bench press. He did on the Florida Atlantic Professional Day and solely did 18 reps. He’s additionally obtained brief, 32-inch, arms. Brief arms and lack of higher physique energy are killers for a defensive finish on the professional stage. He’s quick. Working a 4.65 40. However the energy and arms are main.
The longer term
Trey Hendrickson has a serious battle in entrance of him to make this group this 12 months. The Saints clearly weren’t anticipating him to regress as he did in 2018. But when they actually favored what he did as a rookie or what they’d seen from him in that first coaching camp, they wouldn’t have drafted Marcus Davenport.
There’s all the time the worry that the Saints will reduce him and he’ll be the following Rob Ninkovich or Akiem Hicks. However simply because gamers depart your program and have higher success elsewhere doesn’t imply they might have gotten higher if that they had stayed. The match right here is totally different from the match there. And actually, there are higher coaches somewhere else. Dennis Allen isn’t the very best defensive coordinator within the league. When you haven’t observed, selecting DCs will not be Sean Payton’s robust swimsuit.
Trey Hendrickson could have this summer time to indicate he’s obtained one thing to construct on or he’s gone. He does have a small benefit. He’s from Orlando and went to varsity in Boca Raton. Carl Granderson has been training in Wyoming, Porter Gustin within the good climate in Los Angeles. These two don’t know what a New Orleans summer time is like.
It simply doesn’t seem to be it’s going to occur for Trey Hendrickson right here although. And that’s okay. He’ll get a shot elsewhere. It could be with a backside feeder like Atlanta, Tampa Bay or Carolina, however he’ll get a shot. Or he might shock the hell out of me and make this roster. I’ve written approach too early farewell notes earlier than.