K.J. Henry, the fifth-year senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., who still had his COVID-19 season since he redshirted in 2018, announced his decision on more than a month ago that he was going to enter the NFL Draft and forgo another season in a Clemson uniform. Henry was working on his third Clemson degree in 2022 after he graduated with his bachelor’s in 2020. He received a master’s degree in athletic administration in 2021.
Could that decision have been a mistake? Could he have parlayed another season into a higher position in the NFL Draft? Possibly, at least according to NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.
“KJ Henry, I gave him a good grade. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went in the second round,” Jeremiah said. “He destroys tight ends. First play of the game against Georgia Tech, drills a quarterback, ball pops up and gets picked. He can shoot gaps. I think he is instinctive. You’ll see him on the edge. He’ll be able to see jet sweeps coming from the other side and be able to naturally just widen out and make plays. He has a nice little counter-rush.
“Talking to Dabo about him, he loves him. He is a captain. He is graduated. Just outstanding.”
Henry recorded over 120 tackles in his career and finished with 13 sacks and 28 tackles for a loss in 46 games over five seasons.
Henry had fun with his teammates the last few weeks with jokes and hints about a possible return, but he’ll see what happens at the next level.
Henry had his best season in 2022 when he recorded 51 total tackles, nine tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.
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