Boise State senior center Marcus Henry doesn’t hold an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine yet, which adds additional importance to the week he has spent at the East-West Shrine Game in Florida.
Henry performed in front of and met with NFL personnel at the annual event for some of the top college players. The game airs at 2 p.m. Saturday on NFL Network.
“All I’m looking for is a shot and for a team to take a chance on me,” he said. “I’m looking to do the best I can this week and at the game and hopefully I’ll get my shot to prove that at the combine.”
Henry made the All-Mountain West first team this past season but wasn’t pleased with his overall performance. He missed much of fall camp with a broken foot and the injury held him back for the first half of the season, he said.
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“I didn’t have the greatest season this year — not the one that I really wanted,” he said. “This is a good opportunity to showcase my talents and kind of get some more attention on me. ... The foot was still kind of messed up those first four to six games early in the season and my technique kind of suffered from not being part of fall camp. My eyes weren’t as good. A lot of little things. I played all right, don’t get me wrong, but nowhere near my standard.”
Henry relied on former teammate Matt Paradis for advice throughout his agent selection and the beginning of the pre-draft process. Paradis is the starting center for the Denver Broncos, who play in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.
“Matt’s a huge mentor to me,” Henry said. “He’s taught me a lot in this whole process and transition going from a college player to a possible NFL player.”
Former Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon is scheduled to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at 4 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2).