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2020 Draft Profile: Florida CB C.J. Henderson is 'an extremely explosive and athletic cornerback'

Florida CB C.J. Henderson

Height / Weight: 6'1" / 204 lbs

2019 stats: 9 games, 33 tackles (26 solo), 1.0 sack, 3.0 tackles for loss,11 passes defended

Accolades: 2x Second-Team All-SEC (2017, 2018), First-Team All-SEC (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #21

Giants current depth at CB: James Bradberry, DeAndre Baker, Corey Ballentine, Sam Beal, Grant Haley, Julian Love's Daniel Jeremiah: Henderson is an extremely explosive and athletic cornerback prospect out of Florida. He played outside and inside on the games I studied. He is very physical in press coverage, landing a two-hand jam consistently. He is extremely loose and fluid to open up and mirror all over the field. He is rarely out of position and possesses rare makeup speed when he is caught in a bind. You see that same burst when he's in off coverage and the ball is thrown in front. He does need to improve on finding the ball down the field, as he's often a little late to look back. The major concern with this player is tackling. He has way too many misses and that must be improved. Overall, Henderson has some elite traits and could emerge as the top cornerback in this class, but his tackling must be addressed.

View photos of Florida CB CJ Henderson.’s Lance Zierlein: Silky smooth boundary cornerback with mirror-and-match footwork and the agility and athleticism to stay connected to routes. He has NFL recovery burst and the long speed to track vertical routes downfield. He has the twitchy acceleration to jump a throw and take it away if the quarterback lingers on the target, and he's quick to wrap and finish after the catch. He makes mental mistakes from time to time and occasionally loses awareness from zone. He's willing and capable in run support but needs better control as an open-field tackler. Henderson is a fluid cornerback with ball skills and burst and has CB1 ability as a first-rounder.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: Henderson dealt with an ankle injury this past season, and he sat out a few games. He returned for the two tough matchups with Auburn and LSU, and he had three pass breakups in each of those games. Henderson is a lockdown cover corner who needs to improve on the little things to make his all-around game better. With six interceptions combined in 2017 and 2018, Henderson has tremendous ball skills, and he has the athletic traits to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL.

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