Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds (71st)
Vertical: 36” (57th)
Broad: 131” (94th)
3-cone: 7.18 seconds (11th)
20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds (15th)
Henderson was 1 of the most productive WRs in college football last year. His 19 TDs tied Corey Davis for most in the country. Only 4 WRs tallied more receiving yards. Henderson’s 82 receptions were good for 20th in the nation. That all despite missing about 6 quarters of action with an ankle injury.
Yet, Henderson wasn’t even the most productive WR on his own team. That title went to Trent Taylor, who racked up 136 catches for 1,803 yards.
Louisiana Tech ranked among the top 8 in pass attempts, completions, yards and TDs this past season. So Henderson’s 2016 market shares aren’t quite as impressive as the raw numbers. He accounted for 22.7% of the team’s receptions, 30.2% of the receiving yards and 44.2% of the TDs. Among the 14 WRs we’ve looked at so far, those marks rank 14th, 9th and 2nd, respectively.
The busy 2016 campaign followed a couple of seasons that found Henderson 3rd on the WR depth chart behind Taylor and former undrafted free agent and current Eagle Paul Turner.
The 3-star recruit redshirted in 2013 before finishing 4th in catches, 2nd in receiving yards and 3rd in receiving TDs in 2014. He did pace the squad with 19.6 yards per catch.
Henderson was even more efficient in 2015, averaging 21.5 yards per catch. That helped him again rank 2nd on the team in receiving yards. He finished 3rd in catches and receiving TDs.
Henderson leaves Louisiana Tech with a sizzling 19.6 yards-per-catch average. That ranks 9th among all players with 50+ catches over the past 3 seasons. The list of guys ahead of him includes NFLers Breshad Perriman, Leonte Carroo and Chris Moore.
Henderson also contributed on the ground and in the return game. He tallied 259 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 8.1 yards per carry. And he averaged 26.5 yards per kick return with 3 more scores.
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Games watched - Texas Tech, Western Kentucky
We only have 2 games on Henderson, but it doesn’t take more than that to see that this dude is a playmaker with the ball in his hands.
You can almost see him get all giddy when he gets the ball in open space. Henderson combines darting agility and suddenness with plenty of acceleration and speed. And he certainly isn’t afraid of contact.
Henderson is more of a question mark before the ball gets into his hands. Louisiana Tech simply didn’t ask him to run a large variety of routes — at least in the limited film we have. That said, Henderson clearly flashes the explosion in and out of breaks to create separation on short and intermediate routes. And he has the long speed to beat defenders deep.
Henderson is able capable of making plays in tight coverage. While he doesn’t display a huge catch radius, he has the ability to go up and get it. And he does a nice job securing the football before taking a hit.
Whoever drafts Henderson will have designs on getting him the ball in space. He’s the most dangerous after-the-catch WR in this class. His 48 missed tackles forced last year led all WRs, according to Pro Football Focus. In fact, since PFF started tracking that stat in 2014, the next highest total by a WR is just 28.
That ability alone could make Henderson a useful real-life player. But in order to emerge as a reliable fantasy option, he’ll need to improve before the catch. We see flashes on tape. And considering his overall athleticism, he has the tools to develop into a plus route runner.
Improvement there could land Henderson in the range of undersized but athletic possession-type receivers like Jarvis Landry and Golden Tate.