As he cycled through three head coaches, offensive line coaches and strength coaches apiece during his four years at Temple, center Matt Hennessy figured the constant change would benefit him.
“Being able to adapt to the different systems has been my biggest strength,” he said. “As soon as I’m introduced to something (in the NFL) and get to looking at it, I’ll probably have been exposed to it.”
Playing for Temple coaches Matt Rhule, Geoff Collins and Rod Carey will help Hennessy as soon as he’s drafted next month. He could be the top center selected, and if available in the second round, he makes a lot of sense for the need-a-center Broncos.
Hennessy, Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz, LSU’s Lloyd Cushenberry and Washington’s Nick Harris are regarded as the draft’s top centers.
What separates Hennessy?
“I think the first thing people see when they turn on my film is probably the athleticism, the ability to reach people after the first level and getting out on screens,” he said.
That athleticism was on display against North Carolina in the Owls’ bowl game.
On the Owls’ first drive, Hennessy got downfield to block on a screen pass. On a run play to the left, he helped out on a double team before sealing out a second-level linebacker. Befitting his experience, he showed an ability to stay on his feet and also an understanding of angles, when sealing or detouring a defender is the best blocking option.
Hennessy declared for the draft after the bowl game.