Cj Henderson Draft Profile – Henderson mainly played running back at Columbus High School (FL), amassing 636 rushing yards in his last two varsity seasons. He got offers to play running back from several Power 5 colleges. Still, his body was no longer capable of handling the demands of playing in the backfield after an injury-plagued senior season. As a consequence, he moved to cornerback, where he found success.
He grew up idolizing former Gator Joe Haden, and it was because of him, he chose Florida and donned the famed No. 5 jersey number before his junior season. He is also the first true freshman since 1996 to record two pick-sixes in consecutive weeks, returning both for touchdowns. His four interceptions matched the club lead when he ran a 4.39-second 40-yard sprint at the 2020 NFL Combine.
The three-year Florida star defensive back, whom defensive coordinator Todd Grantham regards as the most excellent CB he has ever taught, is renowned for his quickness. Henderson ran a 4.35 40-yard sprint at 6-1, 179 pounds as a high school recruit.
Henderson’s athleticism carried over to the field throughout his tenure at UF. Henderson had six interceptions, twenty defended passes, 93 total tackles, four tackles for loss, eight defended passes, and two forced fumbles in 32 games, starting 26 of them, establishing his presence in all three levels of coverage in the backfield.
According to Pro Football Focus, Henderson has allowed 52.7 percent (58-of-1110) of his coverage targets to be caught throughout his college career. Henderson topped all returning SEC cornerbacks with 19.1 snaps per reception allowed last season when he allowed a career-high 50% completion percentage. And he did not allow a touchdown throughout the 2018 season, according to PFF’s research.
He has assessed two touchdowns during the 2019 season – during which he missed three games early on due to an ankle ailment and sat out the Orange Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft – but the extra context surrounding those plays may call into question his duties in both cases. That will be discussed later.