The NFL Draft is only a few weeks away and, as you’d expect, the chatter is picking up. Pitt hopes to have a few players selected and one of those is receiver/return man Quadree Henderson.
Henderson surprised a few people when he announced he was forgoing his final year of school to head to the pros early. So far, though, a few teams are expressing some interest. The Steelers were said to be meeting with him last month and, most recently, the Giants are interested in taking a look at him as well.
I’m told #NYGiants had special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey at the Pittsburgh Pro Day last week to work out special teams return ace and WR Quadree Henderson, per source— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) April 2, 2018
While his work on special teams can’t be questioned, Henderson had some difficulty establishing himself as a legitimate, full-time wide receiver. In his three seasons with the Panthers, he caught a total of only 45 passes. Elite receivers can double that production in a single year. Henderson also had a total of 473 yards and one receiving touchdown.
Still, Henderson always figured to draw some interest. His return skills are not just above average, but elite. And while he’s struggled to prove he can be an every-down pass catcher, his skills translate well to trick plays and he’s proven he can be an effective ball carrier. The question is just how much a team values him as that kind of player. Currently, I’ve seen him generally projected as a late-round pick.