Former FAU defensive end Trey Hendrickson’s will work out for NFL scouts at Thursday’s FAU Pro Day, but he won’t be participating in one of the day’s marquee tests.
“I can guarantee I won’t be doing the 40,” Hendrickson said.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Hendrickson ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, seventh-fastest among defensive linemen, and his 11.43 time in the 60-yard shuttle was tops among defensive linemen.
His speed is not an unknown commodity.
Hendrickson believes the risk of injury in the 40 outweighs the potential to knock hundredths of seconds off his time.
Aside from the 40, Hendrickson is looking forward to showing NFL scouts what he can do in the place where he learned how to do it.
“It’s something you have to perform just as serious as the Combine, just as serious as the (East/West Shrine Bowl) game,” Hendrickson said. “It’s like a job application. I’m not going to go out in sweats and act like I run the place.”
Hendrickson was one of the lone bright spots for FAU last season, leading the Owls with 9.5 sacks despite being double and triple teamed on almost every snap.
Even with Hendrickson’s menacing presence – with 29 career sacks he’s the Owls’ all-time sack leader – FAU finished each of his final three seasons with 3-9 records.
Hendrickson met with representatives from all 32 NFL teams at the Combine and hopes to meet with several again on Thursday, when they make their annual pilgrimage to Boca Raton.
“I want to show my character and who I am as a person,” Hendrickson said. “At the end of the day I want people to know I’m a winner at heart and my record in college didn’t cripple that.”
Hendrickson wouldn’t divulge which events he’d participate in Thursday and which he would sit out, but if scouts request his participation in any certain event he’ll probably take part.
“That’s between my agent and teams, and what they want to see,” he said.
Hendrickson will be one of 12 former Owls expected to participate on Pro Day. The others are:
DT Shalom Ogbonda
C Dillon DeBoer
P Dalton Schomp
TE Tyler Cameron
DT Denzel Whitfield
DB DJ Juste
DB Alfred Ansley
DB Tevin Homer
DB Anthony Hamilton
WR Tony Thomas
DB Lester Thomas.
Howard University offensive lineman Toree Boyd will also take part.