Daiyan Henley 2023 NFL Draft
This scouting report for the 2023 NFL Draft on Daiyan Henley was completed by Justin Caballero of Digging in the Trenches. Make sure to check the links and tags at the end of this draft profile for more prospects.
2023 NFL Draft: Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
Caballero says that Daiyan Henley might be smaller than some view a prototypical NFL linebacker but gets the job done. His speed is good and is sneaky fast. Faster running ahead than he is running laterally. Can change direction nicely during a play so he is able to stop and go.
Solid tackler but there is room for improvement. Could do a better job of following through on his tackles to finish the play. According to Caballero, Henley stands out best in coverage as he diagnoses pass plays and then sticks on his guy. Covers like a former safety so he has ball-hawking skills that should help in the pass-happy NFL. His range is average. Better in underneath coverage but still capable in deeper or outside coverage.
Henley can shine while blitzing as well. He has some push-rush polish to his game when given the green light to go after the quarterback. Has the ability to shred would-be blockers. Plays with a high motor so he has the dog factor working for him. Does not give up while the play is going on. A solid developing linebacker prospect for the 2023 NFL Draft. Should continue to get better early in his pro career. Daiyan should be able to contribute as a special teamer from day one if he does not hit the field as a starter.
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The Prospect Sheet
Daiyan Henley attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California. He was not heavily recruited coming out of high school. Originally committed to and enrolled at Nevada to play for the Wolf Pack. Actually started his college career as a receiver before switching to defensive back then linebacker.
Transferred to Washington State for his final year of college ball. The linebacker position change helped him become an NFL draft prospect. Daiyan participated in the Senior Bowl which helped him skyrocket up some draft boards. He has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. (Source: 247sports.com).
Draft projection: Looks like a day 2 pick that should be off the board by the end of the 4th round. Moving up and could move up higher.
Overall, Caballero says that could become a solid starter with a floor of a career backup that can play special teams. Daiyan Henley is a good prospect with upside potential.
Strengths: Daiyan Henley
- Coverage skills
- Playmaking ability
- Dog factor
- Straight-line speed
Areas of Improvement/Concern
- Relatively new at playing LB
- Good height but could use more muscle/weight
- Needs to build up his pass-rush moves
Caballero’s unedited notes while scouting
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