ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently released a ranking of the top 10 prospects for next April’s draft by position.
Three Miami Hurricanes seniors made the list, led by quarterback Stephen Morris (No. 7), who ranked ahead of Alabama’s A.J. McCarron (No. 8) and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (No. 9). Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (No. 10), and punter Pat O’Donnell (No. 6) were the two other Canes honored.
Of Morris, Kiper declares him as “maybe the best deep-ball thrower in the college game” but that he needs to work on consistency and decision making. With O’Donnell, his 47.2 punting average (third in the nation) speaks for itself.
But where I do question Kiper and many other football pundits is their consistent high regard for the mountainous Henderson. The 6-foot-8, 345-pound senior obviously has the NFL frame and potential, but there has to be more of a concern over his inability to crack Miami’s starting lineup and his plethora of suspensions.
Sometimes, I don’t think they watch the actual games. At the professional level in any sport, elite physical ability is never enough. Whether it’s enough to vault him into the first few rounds of 2014 NFL Draft will be interesting.
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