Carlos Henderson, WR
School: Louisiana Tech | Conference: CUSA
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 190 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Randall Cobb
It’s hard not to like what you when watching Carlos Henderson play. He absolutely dominated the competition this year. Yep, it was in the lowly CUSA but his ability to make plays can’t be ignored. Henderson can play all over the field. From the outside, slot, and out of the backfield, he is a threat. What may be most impressive about Henderson is a statistic not represented on a standard stat sheet. He is deadly tough after the catch forcing 48 missed tackles this past season, the highest in 3 years by any receiver. Henderson has rediculous athletic ability and has refined footwork and route running ability. He can embarrass cornerbacks off the line of scrimmage. Henderson also offers value on special teams as a returner. He has the potential to be a WR1 in the NFL.
- Proficient footwork and route running ability. It's already refined and NFL level quality. He is sharp and technical and runs the play exactly how its drawn up. Double moves are silky.
- A+ athleticism. He has elite level speed and acceleration, great jumping ability, ability to stop on a dime and change direction while maintaining balance.
- Despite lacking prototypical size he plays much bigger than his size. He displays good body control and uses his frame to shield the ball from defenders and separation.
- YAC YAC YAC
- Excellent ability to avoid defenders and break tackles.
- Level of competition concerns.
- Hasn’t been exposed to an NFL level route tree much less a real contest off the LOS.
- Doesn’t work to get open or come back to the ball as desired after his route is up and his QB is still looking for an option.
Let’s see his work:
I'm trying to tell myself it's an overreaction, but this is Twitter. Carlos Henderson reminds me of Antonio Brown— Erik Olson (@Olson_nfl) February 17, 2017
LA Tech WR Carlos Henderson is getting some hype, not hard to see why. pic.twitter.com/bIDMycPxxp— Justin Twell (@JustinTwell78) February 12, 2017
I've come to the conclusion that Carlos Henderson doesn't seem to like people on the other team very much. pic.twitter.com/ORuilnlLjZ— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) February 19, 2017
Nothing gets this here website more excited than a beautifully high-pointed contested catch. Ladies & gentleman, LA Tech WR Carlos Henderson pic.twitter.com/J9QblQvqZQ— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) February 18, 2017
Carlos Henderson can go up and get it. pic.twitter.com/Q6RR5Q7y99— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) February 17, 2017
Here's my Carlos Henderson scouting report. Lots of speed, plenty of reason to think he can develop into a very good, well-rounded threat. pic.twitter.com/VyF2spO2DB— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) February 10, 2017
Surprised there hasn't been more Carlos Henderson buzz. He's fast, tracks the ball well, plays tough. Round 2 player for me.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 8, 2017
Sometimes Carlos Henderson gets the ball & makes defense look like they're in slow motion..— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 31, 2017
Is he fast? Or are they wearing ankle weights? pic.twitter.com/Ff6S5jfNhF
Receiving leaders in college football.... LaTech coming in at #1 and #5— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 31, 2017
Carlos Henderson tape today! One of my favorites in this draft! pic.twitter.com/gvHfPHelhr
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Carlos Henderson is a very tempting option to add the Redskins receiving core, especially if for some reason both Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson leave in free agency. I am convinced not only that Henderson would be in the 1st round conversation if he played in a power 5 conference but that he would have still put up gaudy stats against higher competition. His talent is obvious and his versatility will be coveted by offensive coordinators around the league. I can imagine a WR like Henderson being used in a multitude of ways in Jay Gruden’s offense and having success starting out as a WR3 and probably moving his way up in the offense from there. He could also take over return duties for Jamison Crowder who will likely move into a more protected role as he becomes a bigger part of the offense. At his current mid round evaluation he might be one of those picks too good to pass up at the time.