April 28, 2004

Devery Henderson - Wide Receiver - LSU

#50 Overall Pick: Devery Henderson
Wide Receiver - LSU
5-11 - 191 pounds - 4.38 40

4.41 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 350-pound back squat … 242-pound power clean … 31¾-inch arm length … 8½-inch hands

The Saints made another attempt to bolster depth at a position through the 2004 Draft with the drafting of LSU wide receiver Devery Henderson.

Henderson, who was a converted running back at LSU, came on strong as a speedy receiver during his last two seasons at LSU. Many scouts believe Henderson runs smooth routes and shows very good speed coming out of his breaks. As a senior during the Tigers 2003 National Championship run, Henderson caught 53 passes for 861 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns.

A native of Opelousas, Louisiana, born in Lafayette and a product of Opelousas High School, Devery grew up as a Saints fan and is looking forward to playing near home. Henderson's teammate WR Michael Clayton, who went 15th overall to Tampa Bay, was a prime target for the Saints with the 18th overall pick. When Henderson went 50th overall, it was the first time in history that two LSU receivers went in the top 50 of the same draft. Was a top recruit for LSU after running a 4.3 40 in high school.

As a junior, Henderson took part in the most improbable play in LSU history -- the Bluegrass Miracle. During that year, Henderson came into his own as a wide receiver, catching 23 passes for 447 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. He missed the last two games of the 2002 season after breaking his arm on a touchdown catch.

As a sophomore, Henderson was a member of the 2003 LSU National Championship team. He ran the second-fastest 60-meter time in school history at 6.72 seconds. Then a runningback for the football team, Henderson at 273 yards on 47 carries and nine carries in the Tiger's Sugar Bowl victory. Highlights included a 70-yard shovel pass touchdown and a 50-yard run versus Florida.

Henderson will more than likely come in and contend for the fourth wide receiver spot with Michael Lewis and Talman Gardner.

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