New Orleans Saints snag Florida’s C.J. Henderson in recent mock
The New Orleans Saints have one of the most complete teams in the NFL. But, they’ll fill a huge hole in the first round according to USA Today.
There aren’t many holes on the New Orleans Saints.
However, there are two positions in which the team may have the best player in the NFC yet has lacking depth at.
Those are cornerback, in which Marshon Lattimore typically locks up the opponent’s best receiver, and wide receiver, where Michael Thomas is shattering long-standing records. Behind them, it starts to get ugly.
Thankfully, at cornerback, veteran Janoris Jenkins came in and was a capable No. 2 throughout the final few regular-season games while Eli Apple struggled with injury. Apple is a free agent and likely won’t get the payday he wants with New Orleans.
That could force New Orleans to go ahead and fill that void in the NFL Draft.
Not having a second-round pick will hamper how well they can fill those positions, and according to USA Today’s Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, the move will be to fill cornerback over wide receiver.
In a recent mock draft, he has them taking Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson, a top defensive back in the nation.
"24. Saints — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida: Much like the Patriots, the Saints will be difficult to suss out until they address a quarterback room full of pending free agents. Until then, it makes sense for them to take a closer look at cornerback, where Eli Apple and P.J. Williams are set to hit the open market."
Henderson played nine games in his third season at the University of Florida, recording 33 tackles. He also totaled 11 pass deflections and zero interceptions. In college, and even at the professional level, how dominant you are in the secondary goes far beyond just numbers.
WalterFootball.com has Henderson as college football’s second-best cornerback, behind Jeff Okudah from Ohio State. That said, landing Henderson would be a huge snag for the New Orleans Saints and a selection fans really can’t bicker about.
Henderson was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and has shown tremendous upside throughout his time at Florida.