The Dallas Cowboys have established themselves as one of the better drafting teams in the NFL. Their next challenge will be to add a prospect like Florida corner CJ Henderson with the No. 17 selection to continue to build their roster.
During his final season at Florida, Henderson appeared in nine games totaling 33 combined tackles, 11 passes defensed, and one sack. His production was more than enough to earn him First-Team All-SEC honors despite missing three games due to an ankle injury.
There is a lot to like about Henderson’s skill-set based on the scouting report by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. The expectation is that he is a ‘fluid cornerback with ball skills and burst and has CB1 ability as a first-rounder.’
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.
There already appears to be at least some level of interest from the Cowboys in the idea of selecting Henderson. They reportedly scheduled a pre-draft visit with the Florida product earlier in March.
With that being said, there are three major reasons CJ Henderson would be a perfect pick for the Cowboys.