Miami Hurricanes alums among NFL’s most likely to be cut following NFL Draft

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Duke Johnson #8 of the Miami Hurricanes stiff arms Matt Galambos #47 of the Pittsburgh Panthers to score a third quarter touchdown on November 29, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Duke Johnson #8 of the Miami Hurricanes stiff arms Matt Galambos #47 of the Pittsburgh Panthers to score a third quarter touchdown on November 29, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /
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Henderson had a lot of pressure entering college.

Recruiting guru Tom Lemming called Henderson

“a cross between Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace.”

An 18-year old entering college being compared to two (future) Hall of Famers is a lot to live up to at a young age. Henderson failed to live up to that at Miami.

The 6’7 335 pound Henderson was a seventh-round Bills draft pick in 2014. Henderson’s fall in the NFL Draft likely pertained to admitting the three suspensions he had with the Miami Hurricanes were due to marijuana usage. Henderson was quoted in the Orlando Sun Sentinel at the 2014 Senior Bowl.

"“I’m just being honest with every (NFL) 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… want to be a starter and play in the NFL.”"


Henderson made the Bills roster and started all 16 games as a rookie. Henderson missed time over the last four seasons was in large part due to being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He continued to use marijuana to deal with the pain for the Crohn’s. That led to a four-game suspension to begin 2016.

Henderson became the Cause célèbre for marijuana use for pain in the NFL instead of opiates. Former Miami Hurricanes running back Mike James also been vocal about letting players use marijuana to alleviate pain.

Henderson suffered a season-ending fractured ankle in the Texans opening game loss to New England in 2018. In January he signed a one-year contract to remain in Houston. ESPN explained the Texans offensive line situation.

"“Houston Texans/Seantrel Henderson, OT The Texans might not have come away with a sorely needed guaranteed upgrade at tackle this offseason, but they certainly added options to address the weakest spot on their roster. GM Brian Gaine signed Matt Kalil to a one-year deal before using two of his first three picks on tackles Tytus Howard and Max Scharping. Both could be considered developmental prospects, but the 6-foot-7 Henderson isn’t exactly a finished product either. He signed with the Texans last year, only to break his ankle during the season-opening loss to the Patriots. Even if the Texans move Martinas Rankin to guard, the presence of Howard and Scharping on the roster could push Henderson off of it.”"

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Miami has not sent impact players to the NFL like they did in the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s. The lack of former Hurricanes stars on NFL rosters has put a lot of former Miami football players in the position of potentially losing their roster spots. With Manny Diaz taking over as head coach the Hurricanes recruiting should improve.