Pitt junior wide receiver and kick returner Quadree Henderson announced on Monday that he intends to declare for the NFL Draft a season early.
The Wilmington, Delaware native finished his Panthers career with 473 receiving yards, 887 rushing yards, 1,942 kick return yards, 495 punt returns yards and 13 total touchdowns. His seven combined return touchdowns are a Pitt record. His 3,797 career all-purpose yards will put him 10th in team history.
Thank you Pittsburgh! pic.twitter.com/rWyewdveTL
— Quadree Henderson (@DreeHenderson) December 4, 2017
After an All-American season in 2016 as a return man, Henderson was expected to have a larger role in the Pitt offense in 2017, but an early season injury, instability at the quarterback position and a sputtering running game helped opposing defenses keep Henderson in check for much of the season.
But he still was an impactful player as a decoy on jet sweeps, which eventually helped get the Pitt running game going later in the season. He also scored two punt-return touchdowns, including a 75-yarder against Virginia that helped set up a Pitt victory.
Henderson was rated the No. 10 wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft class by NFLDraftScout.com. It’s unclear where he’s expected to be rated now that he’s declared for 2018. Over the last five years, the tenth-ranked wide receiver has been drafted somewhere between the second and fourth round.