NFL Draft Scouting Report: Carlos Henderson

Louisiana Tech
RS Junior WR #1
5’11” 199

Carlos Henderson was a do it all type of player at Louisiana Tech. He scored touchdowns in many different ways including receiving, rushing, and kickoff return. Here are some combine numbers and scouting notes based on Henderson’s game film.

  • 46 40-yard dash
  • 36 inch vertical
  • 10-foot 9-inch broad jump
  • Maintains play speed throughout the route
  • Has second gear speed to beat corners
  • Soft hands catcher
  • Playmaker with the ball in his hands
  • Not afraid of contact
  • Fights for extra yards
  • Rarely faced press coverage
  • Needs to improve route running
  • Needs to expand route tree
  • Struggles tracking deep throws
  • Does not work back on throws
  • Excellent return ability

Henderson was one of the most explosive football players in all of college football last season. He was able to score a touchdown rushing, receiving as well as on kickoff. Henderson tallied 82 receptions for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns with 14 rushing attempts for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He was also able to rack up 25 kickoff returns for 805 yards and two touchdowns. With amazing stats like that, it was no surprise that Henderson was names Conference USA’s Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year in 2016. Even though he had a phenomenal 2016 season, he was just a one year wonder at Louisiana Tech. In 2015 Henderson was only able to tally 36 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns as well as five rushing attempts for 54 yards.

Henderson is an explosive playmaker who can make things happen with the ball in his hands. He is able to maintain his fast play speed throughout his routes. Henderson does possess a second gear that allows him to blow by defenders. He fights for every yard and doesn’t shy away from contact. Henderson is an explosive returner with three kickoffs returned for touchdowns in his collegiate career.

Henderson was such a deep threat at the college level that he rarely faced press coverage. He will need to expand his route tree to be able to see the field more often at the next level. Henderson needs to improve his technique when running routes, including working back to the football on the catch. On the deep throws, he struggles to track the ball into his hands.

Overall, Henderson is an explosive playmaker who is also an excellent return man. He does struggle on the fundamentals of the position but has good hands and is not afraid of contact. To get on the field more, Henderson will need to improve his route running and his route tree.

Round Value: 3

Teams will see his explosive ability and look at him as a coachable talent. They can teach him the fundamentals of being a receiver and expand his route tree to be able to get the best they can out of him.

NFL Comparison: Quinton Patton

This is an easy comparison because they are similar in size, ability and even went to the same school.

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Writer for The Draftster. Chemical Engineering Student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

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