Michigan lineman believes he can be top overall pick in draft
The NFL Scouting Combine isn’t a place where guys dumb down their value.
Braxton Miller told the media he definitely believes he should be a first-round pick. Joey Bosa followed that up by saying he thinks he’s the best player in the draft. Both of those players have appeared in those spots in various mock drafts.
Willie Henry took those self-projections to another level.
The Michigan defensive tackle, who has been projected anywhere from the late first round to a Day 3 selection, believes that he’ll do one better.
“I feel like my competitiveness, me being a great person and an athlete, I feel like I can be the first pick overall,” Henry told the Detroit News.
Henry added that he definitely thinks he’ll be a first-round pick. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper believes he could be a possible first-rounder. He still didn’t put him in his latest mock draft.
CBS Sports actually tabbed Henry as a fifth-rounder.
But Henry, who left Michigan with one year of eligibility remaining, is confident that his performance at the combine will help him reach his lofty goal.
“Numbers, do the best I can do,” Henry told the Detroit News. “Interview well, talk to these guys and help them (be) convinced why I should be the No. 1 overall pick. Just trying to talk to teams and realize I’m a diamond in the rough.”
Henry did have 6 1/2 sacks as a redshirt junior and he anchored one of the nation’s top defenses. And based on his comments Friday, he certainly doesn’t have any second guesses about his decision to leave Michigan early.
We’ll see if the scouts legitimize Henry’s aspirations.