8. Defensive End Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic
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The ability to pressure the quarterback is nearly as valuable as the quarterback himself. Very few were as effective last season at getting to opposing signal-callers as Florida Atlantic's Trey Hendrickson. In 12 games, Hendrickson registered 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a senior. His sack numbers were down from his junior campaign, where he recorded 13.
The defensive end wasn't any less effective, though. According to Pro Football Focus, Hendrickson provided the top pass-rush productivity of any edge defender in college football last season. He finished second in the nation with 56 quarterback hurries despite playing 200 fewer pass-rush snaps than the leading duo.
Concerns regarding Hendrickson's game center on his lack of length, despite a 6'4" and 270-pound frame, and his overall athleticism.
The Florida Atlantic product started to ease those concerns when he dominated at the East-West Shrine Game. Hendrickson registered a sack, forced fumble and quarterback hurry on his way to being honored with the E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
At the combine, he can put all concerns to rest with a strong workout. According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Hendrickson is expected to run in the 4.6-second range during the 40-yard dash and post a 37-inch vertical jump.
Impressive athleticism coupled with legitimate pass-rush skills make Hendrickson one of the more intriguing available edge-rushers."
Totally enamored with your entire 1st round. A bit too much defense, ..... but.... interesting for a precombine mock.