Daiyan Henley shines at Senior Bowl

Excellent linebacker and former Coug prepares for the NFL Draft.



WSU linebacker Daiyan Henley rushes Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet during an NCAA football game, Nov. 12.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Daiyan Henley may have been the best-looking player in the Senior Bowl with the WAZZU visor, but he also played well, which has his draft stock rising.

The Senior Bowl is where they send senior elite prospects to play against each other and showcase their talents to the NFL teams.

In the drills Henley showed his raw talent, sticking with running backs and showing elite explosiveness. Many scouts and analysts were impressed during these drills. Henley was able to mirror running backs and changed direction with ease. He showed that he was the best coverage linebacker at the Senior Bowl.

During the game he also played well, in which Henley recovered a fumble.

Henley finished last season on the Cougs with 106 total tackles, which led the team. He also had four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries along with an interception.

Henley showed that he can be a three-down linebacker and a cementing piece in a defense.

He caught the eye of many analysts and scouts, including Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network, he said that Henley held up against the star competition. He said that he has risen his draft stock and will most likely be a day-two pick in the second or third round.

Eric Edholm of NFL.com said that Henley only positively raised his stock, he said that he was a leader throughout the entire process. His coverage and speed helped him out the entire week and has excellent anticipation, which was shown all year at WSU.

Henley will most likely go in the second or third round and has shown at the Senior Bowl why he deserves so.