WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech*

5’11” – 199 lbs. – 4.46

Redshirted, then worked into the team’s receiver rotation and served as its primary kick returner for the following two seasons; declared for the draft after an outstanding junior season in which his receiving production skyrocketed. Has adequate size for a pro flanker. Very versatile player who the team’s offense was built around; lines up split out wide to either side, in the slot, and in the backfield. Also one of college football’s most productive kick returners this past season. Rushing and receiving threat that the team tried to get the ball in space as much as possible. Takes handoffs, catches screens and curls, and runs some more traditional receiver routes. More athletic and dynamic than his Combine testing would indicate. Flexible receiver who does a great job of making defenders miss in the open field; can also get a little bit physical with opponents and run through arm tackles or even lower his shoulder to punish opposing corners despite his somewhat thin frame. Doesn’t take anything off the table and will use the whole field when running in space; fast enough to cut back and create big gains on the backside. As a receiver, has some shake at the route stem, with the ability to settle into soft spots in zone coverage; adds in stutter-steps and head fakes to bring nuance to his patterns. Does work both over the middle of the field and near the sidelines with a somewhat simplistic route tree, typically within ten yards or so of the line of scrimmage but also targeted on downfield throws. Length gives him a decent radius, and is able to climb the ladder and win over the top; often had to elevate in order to catch high passes. Plucks the ball away from his frame. Flashes the ability to make difficult catches, but ability to come down with catches in traffic is inconsistent, especially when he’s going to take a big hit in order to do so. Unclear how well he’d be able to release against press coverage. Blocking abilities appear to have been limited in college. Sustained an ankle injury this past season which will require further evaluation. A very dynamic all-purpose weapon who can create big plays with the ball in his hands, whether as a receiver, return specialist, or even runner, but who is a bit smaller than a typical outside receiver and who might need time to release versus press coverage and diversify his route tree. Should still end up getting plenty of consideration on the second day.

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