One thing seems certain, a Florida football cornerback is going to be drafted on the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft, but where is the big question.
This past season wasn’t his strongest season, but Florida football cornerback C.J. Henderson is likely slated for the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
There are a lot of potential changes, but there is a strong consensus among sites tracking the draft that Henderson will go in the mid to late stages of the first round.
In 2019, Henderson racked up 33 tackles — 26 of those solo — and ended his career with Florida football with 93 total tackles — 66 solo — to go along with six interceptions.
Also in 2019, Henderson had 11 pass breakups, a sack and one quarterback hurry.
Here’s a look at how some of the pundits have the former Florida football cornerback in the upcoming draft:
ESPN’s Todd McShay
No. 13 Atlanta — This would be one of the highest draft position noted for Henderson outside NBC Sports Washington. McShay said Henderson’s speed “makes him a strong man-coverage defender.” That works for a team that was blistered for nearly 254 passing yards this season.
Note: McShay currently has Henderson as the No. 10 draft prospect overall.
No. 26 Miami (from Houston) — PPF said Henderson has speed, but not a top-10 performance this past season for Florida football. He earned an 81.7 coverage grade last season, but just a 57.1 this season and allowed five catches of 40 or more yards.
No. 26 Tennessee — The site has a bit of confusion as to the draft order, but we will assume they mean Tennessee, no matter where they are in the draft. The site has no justification as to why the former Florida football corner was going to Tennessee, only that he would be drafted by the Titans.
NBC Sports Washington
No. 12 Las Vegas Raiders — NBC Washington has overlooked Henderson’s season and consider him to be a top get for someone like the Raiders, who compete in the same division as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. He would complement rookie cornerback Trayvon Mullen.
No. 28 Baltimore — This is the lowest draft position for Henderson that we can see. The rationale is that both Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith are free agents and the Ravens need to bolster their secondary in the first round.
No. 20 Jacksonville (from LA Rams) — Fox Sports is the third entity that sees Henderson staying in Florida. Because their secondary was in shambles last season after Jalen Ramsey was traded, the Jaguars are in need of a solid pass defender like Henderson.
No. 26 Miami (from Houston) — This is the second site suggesting Henderson would be a good fit in Miami. Although they don’t give a reason why, it can be safely assumed that, if available, Miami could go after Henderson to help shore up the secondary.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be held from April 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.