The Jaguars were heavily rumored to trade down if one of their big three wasn’t on the board (Derrick Brown, Jeff Okudah, and Isaiah Simmons). Ultimately, as I mentioned in my draft preview article, the Jacksonville Jaguars have selected C.J. Henderson out of the University of Florida. The Jags continue their trend of selecting former Gators, making him the 12th Gator selected since their inception in 1995.
Henderson gives them a blue chip at every level of the defense with Josh Allen on the line and Myles Jack at linebacker. He ran a 4.39 at the combine and had six interceptions, 22 pass breakups, and four sacks. He was an All-SEC player in each of his three seasons with the Gators. Florida Gators defensive backs coach has nothing but the highest praise for Henderson:
“It’s unbelievable how talented he is, but really how coachable he is, and how he has tried to grasp the stuff that you are telling him – it doesn’t take a lot of repeat reps. I’ve just been so impressed by him. Obviously he has God-given physical skill, but the mental game, and seeing things and taking things, has really impressed me.”Torrian Gray
He could stand to improve his tackling, but the Jags have their potential replacement for Jalen Ramsey. In the words of my Jacksonville native and lifelong Jaguars fan wife, “he’s a player who doesn’t want to be traded away…yet.”
Stay tuned as they still have the 20th pick.
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