Washington State’s top defender in 2022, linebacker Daiyan Henley, has received an invite to the 2023 NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. Henley announced the news on his Instagram page this week.

The 2023 combine will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Monday, March 6.


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The former Nevada standout was excellent in his lone season in Pullman. Henley recorded 106 tackles (second in the conference), 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one pass breakup, and an interception. He was the best tackling linebacker in the Pac-12 this season, according to Pro Football Focus. There were 21 off-ball linebackers who saw at least 500 snaps this past season; none of them were charged with fewer missed tackles than Henley, who was constantly around the football.

He also earned the fifth-best overall defensive grade among qualified Pac-12 linebackers.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound linebacker was an All-Pac-12 First Team selection for his efforts.

At the Combine, the former wideout should do well for himself. It’s an athleticism showcase at the end of the day, and Henley is as athletic as they come.

According to ESPN’s mock board, Henley is the No. 91 overall prospect in this year’s draft class. He’ll look to be the third former Cougar to be taken in the first two days of the draft in the last seven years. The 2023 NFL Draft begins on April 27.