BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino
With the Bills first of two seventh round picks, the Buffalo Bills continued to add to their linebacking corps by selecting Florida Atlantic’s Randell Johnson. Johnson’s calling card will be utilizing his athletic upside and carving out a niche on special teams. Johnson had a terrific pro day as he clocked a 4.60 second forty yard dash and a 38.5” vertical leap.
Johnson played in a variety of spots along the defensive front seven including defensive line, off line of scrimmage linebacker and 3-4 outside linebacker at times. Although he wasn’t a consistent contributor in college, the Bills have seen enough to select him with the 221st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
With their final selection, at 237 overall, the Bills took a chance on Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson.
Henderson has dealt with a number of off-the-field issues, including three suspensions, in his collegiate career that have led to him being unable to live up to the hype surrounding him early in his career out of high school.
Henderson is a mauler in the run game who can generate significant movement. He is extremely powerful and when he gets his arms extended, he dominates. If I was a runner who needs a yard, I would choose to run behind Henderson, who is a dominant run-blocker.
At 6’7’’, Henderson has great length, which helps him tremendously as a pass blocker. Despite his length, Henderson struggles to consistently utilize it when pass blocking, and defenders are able to get around him.
He has a very wide base in his stance, which can get him in trouble in a variety of ways. In general, he has a hard time anchoring with the width he leaves between his feet, which leads to him having trouble redirecting defenders and getting easily beat to the inside. He is an apparent waist-bender, which further gives him issues as he attempts to redirect defenders.
>Henderson has the raw ability that warrants consideration at the end of the draft and it will be interesting to see how this move pans out.