Redskins Saturday Spotlight: Post-Week 5 seven-round mock draft
By Ian Cummings
In a previous NFL Draft post, I highlighted C.J. Henderson as one of the 2020 NFL Draft’s long, athletic cornerbacks, in a class where there are many. Henderson has legitimate first-round upside, but in a class such as this, it’s very possible that he could slip.
Henderson is a top-flight athlete with the speed, explosive burst, and hip fluidity to be a top cornerback at the next level. He also carries with him the attitude of a No. 1 cornerback, and if the Redskins were to move on from Josh Norman in 2020, Henderson would make fans forget.
At 6-foot-1, Henderson couples his athleticism with a solid frame, and although he should work to keep filling out that frame, he has a very impressive athletic foundation for NFL teams to build off of.
If there’s any reason Henderson falls to the top of Round 3, it’s inconsistency. He hasn’t yet strung together back-to-back dominant efforts in 2019, and tackling has been a concern. Whether it’s a bad angle, bad technique, or lackadaisical effort, Henderson’s tackling has been spotty.
In a deep cornerback class, there’s drop potential there, and the Redskins could be the beneficiaries if he slips this far. With some fine tuning, Henderson can be one of the 2020 NFL Draft’s best value picks.