LaDarius Henderson NFL Draft

LaDarius Henderson

  • IOL Arizona State
  • Senior
  • #440
  • 6'4"
  • 310lbs
  • Prospect
  • Pac-12

Prospect Summary

LaDarius Henderson 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Consensus three-star recruit
  • Began his college career as a 17-year-old freshman
  • Did not play football until his junior year of high school

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: Pro-style
  • 2022 projected role: Starting LG

Pros: LaDarius Henderson began his career as a left tackle before kicking inside, showcasing his positional versatility. As a result, you can see and appreciate his light feet moving laterally. The lateral agility allows him to mirror opposing rushers with efficiency and work as a zone run blocker. I love how he uses his 35-plus-inch arms to keep rushers at a distance. Like a boxer, he can punch and jab from the outside without allowing defenders into his space. He will “find some work” in pass pro when left uncovered. He plays with a solid base to drop his weight and anchor. He scans left to right before acting as a bumper for his teammates. I enjoyed watching him finish blocks. Henderson is not satisfied unless his defender is driven into the dirt. I appreciated his heavy hands and grip strength once engaged.

Cons: One area of concern for LaDarius Henderson is closing his hand carriage to prevent access to his chest. He tends to leave himself unprotected versus power rushes for him to retreat and recover to anchor. His pad level can be inconsistent—he doesn’t always attack with proper leverage. This interrupts his ability to drive his feet in the run game. Quick-punch timing can increase his effectiveness with blocks, especially with his hand strength. I believe Henderson could benefit from adding more functional upper-body strength at the next level.

LaDarius Henderson NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson