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UNDERRATED: Former Summerville Standout De’Angelo Henderson May Be NFL Draft Steal
4/14/2017 4:16:16 PM

Coastal Carolina University running back De’Angelo Henderson breaking a tackle during a game against Charleston Southern University
Staff Reports - Despite outperforming his peers, Coastal Carolina running back De’Angelo Henderson has always been overlooked on the football field. The 5’8” 205 pound Summerville native is ready to prove doubters wrong as he prepares for the NFL Draft that will be held April 27-29.

Looking at stats alone, Henderson should be in line to be selected in the middle rounds of the draft. Scout experts currently have him slated to go in the 7th round or be signed as a rookie free agent. Some scouts believe that he could be a steal for whoever takes a chance on him.

NFL scout Lance Zierlein provided a draft analysis of Henderson:

"Henderson is built low to the ground with the balance and power in his lower half to fight forward for additional yardage after contact. His courage, burst, and one-cut ability should appeal to zone-scheme teams while his pass catching and willingness to block gives him a chance to compete for a role on third downs." - NFL.com

CBSSports.com weighed in on some of the running backs shortcomings:

"Comes with obvious size limitations and may already be wearing down, missing three games due to a shoulder injury in 2016 ... Legitimate concerns about the number of carries he's already absorbed, entering the NFL with 818 "touches" over the past three seasons."

Henderson had a stellar college career at Coastal Carolina University, rushing for over 4,500 yards with 58 touchdowns. Proving his worth as a pass-catching back, he gained nearly 1,000 yards receiving. He set the NCAA Division record by scoring a touchdown in 35 consecutive games (all 14 games of 2014, all 12 games of 2015 all nine of his games in 2016). Other personal accolades that deserve mentioning include:

• 2016 Walter Payton Award National Offensive Player of the Year Finalist
• 2016 All-American (STATS 2nd team)
• 2015 STATS National Offensive Player of the Year Finalist
• 2015 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award Finalist
• 2015 All-American (STATS 2nd team, AP 3rd team)
• 2015 Big South Offensive Player of the Year
• 2015 1st Team All-Big South
• 2014 1st Team All-Big South

As a senior at Summerville high school, he led the state of South Carolina in rushing. His limited size didn’t produce much offers, but Coastal Carolina gave him a chance and the rest is history. Now it’s time for him to take it to the next level.

As the NFL Draft approaches, the underrated running back is ready to do whatever he can to make it to the NFL. “This has been a dream for me since I was 6 years old,” Henderson told Hero Sports. “I’m going to give it everything I got to make a roster and control what I can control.”

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