Carlos Henderson-WR-Louisiana Tech
Size: 5’11 199lbs

Carlos Henderson

Strengths:

  • Speed
  • Special teams star
  • Decent hands
  • Agility
  • YAC

Analysis: Carlos Henderson dominated Conference USA during his tenure with La Tech. He maintains play speed through directional route changes. Can elevate catch focus when he knows safety is coming to deliver a blow. Flashes get-away gear used to climb over top of cornerbacks on vertical routes. Sells double moves and leaves defenders trailing. Decent job of shielding throws from traffic when working inside the numbers. Hands catcher and can dip to adjust to low throws. Extremely competitive runner after the catch. Plays bigger than his listed size. Can slip first tackle and power through the second.  Downhill kick returner with ability to find lanes for himself when necessary. Posted two kick return touchdowns this season and three for his career.

Weaknesses:

  • Rarely played against press coverage
  • Route running
  • Tight hips
  • Ball tracking
  • Focus drops

Analysis: Playing in Conference USA, Carlos Henderson rarely played against elite competition and the corners he faced played off-coverage never giving him that physical press coverage that is utilized often in the NFL. His play speed is inconsistent. Has quality top gear but doesn’t always use it in his routes. Needs to do better job of tilting defenders with quality route work on next level. Too reliant upon speed and talent over fundamentals at this point. Ran simple routes and drew quarterback’s ire when he made wrong reads on choices. Tight hipped and average at changing direction. Below average ball tracking on deep throws. Occasionally mistimes leaps. Waits on throws rather than working back to them. Focus drop come primarily on slants.

NFL Comparison: Jeremy Kerley

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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