CJ Henderson



6' 1"

204 lbs



Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Florida State,Vanderbilt, Missouri, Miami(Fl.)

Report By: Cody Manning

Scouting Report


Q.A.B./C.O.D.: 8.80
Flexibility: 8.00
Deep Speed: 8.80
Explosion: 8.30
Coordination: 8.30

He is very smooth when he is on the field, his agility in open space is outstanding, and he can make any adjustments with his body to mirror the WR. His ability to stretch out his body allows him to make contested catches for his man. He can keep up with any WR on deep routes, his 4.39 40-yard time at the combine did back that up. His explosiveness up the field is great, allows him to get into passing lanes and he can end run or screen plays quickly. Rarely gets knocked off balance, he keeps a nice bend so he can keep his body upright.


Man Press: 7.80
Man Off: 8.00
Zone: 8.30
Hand Fighting: 7.30
Hips/Turn Ability: 8.80

He has the ability to be up in his man's face, can turn his hips and run. But, he doesn't jam and isn't physical so he can be bodied around at times. He is great when he is in off coverage because it allows him to react to the route and he can use his short-range burst to his advantage. He is disciplined in zone coverage, doesn't get lost if he doesn't have a man around him, and can read the QB's eyes. He will fight when the ball arrives to deflect the pass but doesn't put up a much of a fight throughout the release and route. He flips his hips with ease, extremely fluid.


Closing Quickness: 8.50
Ball Skills: 7.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 7.30

He has a tremendous initial burst when he reacts to the ball. He has the recovery speed to make up any lost separation he may have given up. His ball skills improved, but he had opportunities to convert interceptions that he dropped. He does a solid job at reading the WR routes.


Quickness Upfield: 8.30
Fight Through Blocks: 6.00
Tackling: 6.00

As I have alluded to, he has the capability to come up the field in a snap. He can arrive quickly to the LOS. He doesn't put much of an effort to get through blocks, he will just let the WR continue to block unless he sees the runner coming his way. His tackling needs a lot of work, inconsistent willing tackler.


Toughness: 7.00
Production: 7.50
Consistency/Motor: 6.50

Got into 30 career games amassing 93 tackles (66 solo), 8 TFL, 4 sacks, 6 interceptions, 20 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles. He can be a willing hitter but needs to play more physical if he wants to thrive in any system at the next level. Would like more consistency with his effort on every snap.


Instincts: 8.00
Learn/Retain: 8.00
Teamwork: 6.80

His instincts are great as he can read and react quickly to make a play on the ball. Based on the tape, he understands his role within the defensive scheme and doesn't go off-script. I would like to see more effort to get into piles with his teammates instead of letting them handle business.


His athleticism is a big part of why is such an effective coverage cornerback. He is a smooth and agile corner that can open his hips to run side by side with his man. He can stop on a dime and readjust his body to get on track with the receiver's route. He is solid at shuffling his feet and keeping them moving so he can make those proper adjustments. He quick burst allows him to make up space so he can get in passing lanes for the deflection. He does a good job of stretching out his body as well to get the job done. He can be effective in man or zone coverage as his abilities allow him to sit back and react or lock onto his man's every move. His explosion allows him to come up in run support or sent on corner blitzes.


He needs to show he can be more physical. Needs to fight more at the line of scrimmage when jamming. He needs more effort to fight through blocks to get to the ball carrier. He doesn't look to lay a hit when he has the opportunity. He tends to just dive at the ball carriers legs. His tackling technique needs a lot of work. He needs to breakdown, look to explode through the ball carrier, wrap up, and bring them to the ground. He left too many tackles on the field. Because of this, he can allow an easy release when he is in press coverage. He needs to watch the receiver's eyes more often because he can allow easy catches because he didn't look back for the ball when his man did.


Henderson has all the tools to be an effective coverage cornerback at the next level. Teams will love his fluidity in coverage because of how smooth he can move on the field and his ability to attach to their hips to run stride for stride with them. He is a fighter when he is in coverage and will put up an effort to get the deflection. He can play in man or zone coverage as he can press or lay back to react to the quarterback. Teams will question if he is a good fit for their defense if they want to depend on him in run support. While his explosiveness can make him a weapon in that department, his tackling technique and lack of physicalness hold him back, and he can be a liability because he tends to miss opportunities to get the tackle. He has the capability to come in and be a starter in Year 1. His athleticism will allow him to compete right away, but he will have down moments as he learns how to play in the NFL. If he goes to the right system that just wants their corners to strictly thrive in coverage and don't ask much in run support then he can work his way to being a Pro Bowler with All-Pro potential by Year 3.

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