According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that cited multiple league sources, NFL teams were notified late last week that Miami Hurricanes offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson tested positive at the scouting combine for smoking marijuana. This is nothing new for Henderson, who was suspended multiple times during his tenure at Miami.
The most recent suspension came this past season when he was suspended for violating an unspecified team rule before Miami faced Georgia Tech in October. Henderson later revealed to NFL officials that those suspensions at Miami were because of 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 told the Sun-Sentinel in January. “I want to be a starter and play in the NFL.”
Apparently he hasn’t put all those negative things behind him. Henderson already hurt his draft stock last month at Miami’s pro day when he was unable to finish his workout. At the time ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted that Henderson “quit” but his agent later told both the Miami Herald that it was due to dehydration. Regardless it was not a good look for Henderson, whose character issues had already been called into question.
Some teams had already removed Henderson from their drafts boards when they heard his suspensions at Miami were linked to marijuana use, according to Schefter. Now another positive drug test puts his NFL future in even more doubt.
Henderson, who stands at 6-foot-7, 339-pounds, was once considered a big-time talent when he was in high school. When Henderson enrolled at Miami as a freshman he was considered one of the top offensive tackles in the country with some comparisons to Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden. But Henderson never lived up to those expectations as he started only 26 of the 43 games he played for the Hurricanes. He was also out of shape at time and suspended three times for his marijuana use.