C.J. Henderson

Florida CB C.J. Henderson To Enter Draft

One of the top draft-eligible defensive prospects, C.J. Henderson will indeed be part of the 2020 draft pool. The Florida cornerback announced (via Twitter) he will leave school early to pursue an NFL career.

Projected as a first-round pick, Henderson will not play in the Gators’ bowl game. The junior corner rates as the No. 20 overall prospect, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, and Scouts Inc. grades the three-year Gator as its No. 10 overall prospect.

The 6-foot-1 defender led Florida with 11 pass breakups this season, doing so despite missing three early-season games due to a sprained ankle. A Miami native, Henderson rated as a four-star recruit and intercepted six passes between his freshman and sophomore seasons. Henderson twice returned interceptions for touchdowns as a freshman. He started 27 games for the Gators.

Florida has produced a few high-end corner prospects in recent years — from Vernon Hargreaves to J.C. Jackson to Teez Tabor to Quincy Wilson. This group followed Joe Haden, a 2010 first-round pick.

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