The 2016 NFL Draft will take place next week, starting Thursday, April 28 and ending on two days later on April 30. Maryland has a few players who will surely be drafted, plus a couple others who could sneak into the late rounds or will at least be fighting for roster spots in training camp. We'll break down all of them.
A.J. Hendy was Maryland's highest-rated in-state recruit in the class of 2011, but appears to be on the outside looking in as the NFL Draft gets closer. Maryland's starting free safety in 2015 was one of three seniors who populated the Terps' starting defensive backfield, with standout cornerback Will Likely the only player returning to the team for the 2016 season.
Being a member of Maryland's secondary wasn't something to brag about in 2015, but Hendy and fellow defensive backs Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon will all at least receive looks from NFL teams. A four-star recruit out of Bowie, Md., Hendy had as much talent and athleticism as anyone in Maryland's defensive backfield, but never quite put everything together. 2015 was his only season as a full-time starter. He started three games as a true freshman, none as a sophomore after recovering from an ankle injury, and three as a junior before being suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating the university's student code of conduct. He started every game in 2015 and finished fourth on the team in tackles.
2015: 41 games played, 76 tackles (48 solo), 4 pass-breakups, one tackle for loss,
Career: 142 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 pass-breakups
40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
225-pound bench reps: 16
Vertical jump: 40.5 inches
Broad jump: 11 feet 3 inches
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 208 lbs.
*Stats are unofficial
Where Hendy goes from here
It's safe to say that the likeliest scenario is that he is not selected in the draft, but gets an invite to training camp.
Dawg, waiting for the draft is literally killing me— OneNine (@Aj_SelfMade) April 19, 2016