The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs boasted the most efficient passing game in college football last year. With 110 less attempts than Texas Tech, they ranked 2nd in total yards, 3rd in touchdowns, 4th in yards per attempt, and 2nd in yards per game. Two big reasons for this success were reception slot king WR Trent Taylor and a breakout season from the dynamic Carlos Henderson.

After battling injuries throughout most of 2015, Henderson nabbed 82 receptions in 2016 for an explosive 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 kick return touchdowns. He was named the Conference USA’s Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year for his efforts and a draft stock that has steadily ascended in the wake of his gigantic two game stretch  vs. Western Kentucky in the Conference USA Championship Game (9-202-1) and vs. Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl (10-129-2). To date he has drawn the most interest from the Saints and Broncos.

Name: Carlos Henderson
Position: WR
Size: 5’11″/199
School: Louisiana Tech
Class: Junior (RS)
Comparison: Devery Henderson
Draft Grade: Early 3rd Round
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash – 4.46, Bench – 13, Vertical Jump – 36″, Broad Jump – 131″, 3 Cone – 7.18, 20 Yard Shuttle – 4.35, 60 Yard Shuttle – 11.79

Positives: Special catch and run YAC machine; excels and creates on manufactured touches in space. Sinks hips and bursts with excellent acceleration on double moves. Strong hands when extending at the catch point. Performs much better than expected for size in the red zone on fades. Tracks the football well on 9 routes and shows consistent ability to separate early with very good vertical speed. Good body control on late reaction catches vs. tight coverage. Adds explosive return ability day 1. Good feel for contact from defenders in periphery.

Negatives: Undersized and will struggle vs. press. Some stiffness in his hips which was confirmed with his poor 3-cone at the Combine. Question natural catching ability; let’s ball into frame on throws under his eye level but drops not a big concern. Could improve footwork vs. press. Limited route running mastery and will need time to develop full route tree. Questionable ability to separate on in/out breaking routes.

Outlook: Henderson has undeniable speed and ability to contribute immediately as a space player, vertical threat, and return man, but his lack of polish and stiffness could limit his potential as a go-to threat with a full route tree. Henderson will have to improve his technique vs. press and top of route polish at the next level to be a feature of an offense. Solid complimentary piece who will dazzle with his run after catch and return ability, but there are concerns that his overall game will translate and improve in full.

About The Author Michael Kist

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He also contributes to the popular @DraftRT Twitter account. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelJKist.