FAU PRO DAY: Results
BOCA RATON – They ran, they jumped, they lifted and many of them slipped on the slick artificial turf field.
For FAU players hoping to impress NFL scouts, a bright and breezy Pro Day likely didn’t make their stock rocket.
Trey Henrickson, the marquee player of the day, didn’t participate in many of the tests, having already gone through the process at the NFL combine.
He bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times but, as promised, did not run the 40-yard dash or the shuttle run. He did showcase quickness and power during defensive line position drills.
“The little kid in you is like, ‘this is a dream come true,’” Hendrickson said. “But at the same time, the man in me looks at it like a job interview and this isn’t even the beginning of the work that I’m going to have to put in.”
Hendickson ran an impressive 4.65 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine – sixth best among defensive lineman. That performance increased the buzz started at the East/West Shrine Game, where he was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
FAU’s career sack leader with 29, the 6-foot-4, 267-pound Hendrickson could be asked to play outside linebacker for teams that run a 3-4 defense.
“Whatever they feel comfortable with me playing, I guarantee I’ll play,” Hendrickson said.
A total of 11 FAU seniors worked out in front of representatives from 27 NFL teams on Thursday.
Brandin Bryant, Trevon Coley, Randell Johnson, Cre’von LeBlanc and Sharrod Neasman, all former Owls who are currently in the NFL, joined the gallery on the sidelines.
With Detroit Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek conducting the position drills, Hendrickson, along side defensive tackles Shalom Ogbonda and Denzel Whitfield, showed explosiveness and athleticism.
A strong second half to his senior season brought some NFL scouts to Boca Raton to learn more about Ogbonda. On Thursday he did 19 repetitions on the bench press and ran 5.25 40-yard dash.
“I enjoyed it,” Ogbonda said of Pro Day. “The D-Line coach, he was really getting into it. He was bringing out the best of us. That was the best part. It was fun for me.”
Dillon DeBoer, whose 25 reps in the bench press were the most among Owls, likely raised his draft stock during the 2016 season by moving to center. He participated in the recent NFL regional combine held in Houston.
He also plans to attend the regional workouts for the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the coming days.
“I did alright [in Houston],” DeBoer said. “I did better today than I did there.”
Defensive back Tevin Homer ran the fastest 40 of any Owl, doing so in 4.58 seconds.