By Deuce Windham
Trey Hendrickson has found himself in what is becoming a pretty crowded room of defense ends in New Orleans. Not only do the Saints have star player Cameron Jordan, but they’ve added Marcus Davenport to a group that already had Alex Okafor. This might lead some to believe that the former third round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft is now buried down the depth chart, but a closer look at his tape (noting his improvement since having to take over as a starter when Okafor went down) shows a player who Dennis Allen and Ryan Nielsen will be hard pressed to keep off the field.
Hendrickson’s scouting report coming out of Florida Atlantic (Conference USA) describes a player who flashed but possessed little negatives, such as below average arm length, that make fans scoff at but scouts worry. Lance Zierlein said he had “Average height with lean legs and short arms for the edge. Not an “other side of the line” run defender. A tick slow to diagnose and respond off snap.”
Several scouts (and agencies such as Pro Football Focus) were quick to note his positives made him a tempting option for teams looking for a pass rusher. PFF listed “Exceptional burst off the line of scrimmage. Challenges the edge routinely and already adept at turning speed into power.” The Saints got this last year during his rookie...