OBJ??? No, but check out could be the next OBJ!
Carlos Henderson: Louisiana Tech/ Height: 5’11″/ Weight: 199lbs/40 time: 4.46/ Bench Press(225): 13 reps/ Broad Jump: 131 inch/ 20 yard shuttle: 4.35
OBJ: LSU/ Height: 5’11″/ Weight: 198lbs/ 40 time: 4.43/ Bench press(225): 7 reps/ Broad Jump: 122 inch/20 yard shuttle: 3.94
When you watch film and just say “Wow” it’s usually a great sign for the prospect. When watching Carlos Henderson film I was amazed at how physical he was for a WR. This guy just plays all out and is not satisfied with turning a screen into a four yard gain, he wants to get the first down then run over a poor cornerback and then be forced out of bounds.
After watching his film there was one comparison that came to mind which was OBJ. Both were considered undersized wide-outs coming out who needed to work on the finer aspects of route running. But, we have all seen how OBJ has been doing in his career and I would say his route running has proven to be solid enough. Size is overplayed for receivers as it does help, but with a good quarterback the quickness of receiver’s is often more important to create separation. Henderson showed ability to set up defenders and create separation to catch balls from a below average quarterback. He also showed the ability to take it to the house every single play no matter how many defenders were around him he just has the ability to escape and overpower them. His yard per catch average was amazing each year at Louisiana Tech 2014: 19.6 yds 2015: 21.5 yds 2016: 18.7 yds all of which show how explosive this man is.
Henderson’s game was not all about speed or quickness though he was a smart player continually finding the chains and finding a way to get there. The way Louisiana Tech used him was great as they put him in good match-up situations and he showed the ability to get positive yards from the slot, out wide, running back, and in the return game. In fact he averaged 32.2 yards per kick off return on limited duties. This versatility makes him very dangerous particularly for a team that would use him as the Packer’s used Ty Montgomery. I can’t say it enough he just has rare ability to find space, accelerate, and find the endzone.
One real concern that is relevant is some concentration drops on tight slant plays. He is a hand catcher so I don’t think he will have a drop issue that plagues him throughout his career. The offense he was in at Louisiana Tech is also somewhat concerning considering it was very pass heavy and he caught a lot of screen passes. I say that as if it’s a bad thing, but then I watch what he does after the catch and he just turns nothing into something. Which some say is a result of the competition he was playing, but some if not most of the plays are just amazing at how many guys he takes on. I am a firm believer no matter what the competition if you make 4 to 5 guys miss on one play you have some type of instinctive wiggle that not many have.
If all of his background checks out he is going to be some type of player for a team in the second round. I haven’t heard any rumblings of him in the first, but as a second round guy that could come in and help right away he could excel whether it be in the return game or at receiver. Just how everyone wants to say Deshaun Watson (Clemson) is a gamer and that’s good enough, Carlos Henderson is a GAMER who can take it to the house every play.
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