Muench's Trenches: Week 6 matchups
October, 4, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN.com
Last week, I looked forward to matchups in the trenches that jumped out at me. The one I most wanted to see was Miami RT Seantrel Henderson working against South Florida DE/OLB Aaron Lynch. With Lynch moving around, left guard Jon Feliciano playing right tackle at times and Miami removing its starters in the blowout win, we didn't get a great sample size. Yet there were still a couple of things to take from this tape.
Lynch's weight loss since leaving Notre Dame two years ago, and the fact that he has yet to record a sack in a Bulls uniform, haven't swayed my opinion that he's a first-round talent. Listed at 244 pounds, Lynch showed he could lock out a 345-pound tackle in Henderson as a run defender, and his explosive burst off the edge tested Henderson in pass protection. Lynch also looks comfortable dropping into coverage, even if his greatest strength is attacking upfield. The one down note: He got caught guessing in terms of the snap count a little too much, and it could be a sign that he's getting frustrated.
As far as Henderson is concerned, there's still room for improvement when it comes to sustaining blocks as a run-blocker. He can do a better job with hand placement and rolling his hips on contact. However, he did a nice job of getting into position, and he's got the length to protect the edge in pass pro. He has all of the tools to push for early playing time at right tackle in the NFL if he can improve on his technique.