Over-Under Set for Gators Cornerback C.J. Henderson's NFL Draft Slot
As the NFL Draft draws closer, draft ranges are starting to narrow down for college football's top ascending prospects.
Sportsbook BetOnline.ag recently released the over/under for some of the top prospects' draft slots in next month's selection ceremony.
Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson is the lone Gators prospect included on the betting sheet, comprised of projected first-round picks. Henderson, along with LSU edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson, was given an over/under of 16 1/2, dead in the middle of the first round.
Henderson has been viewed as a first-round caliber prospect dating back to the 2019 offseason, following a dominant sophomore campaign where Henderson did not allow a touchdown across 36 targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
While Henderson's 2019 season wasn't as impressive, he still showcased his coverage ability. The 6-1, 204 lb. defensive back allowed only 54.1% of his targets to be caught (per PFF), and broke up 11 passes in nine games - while dealing with an ankle injury early in the season and passing up on the Orange Bowl to prepare for the draft.
With some skepticism regarding his tackling ability and effort, Henderson needed a good performance at the combine in order to maintain his previous status. After clocking a 4.39 40 yard dash and other elite athletic testing results, Henderson more than maintained his draft status, he appears to have elevated it.
As things stand, the Atlanta Falcons own the 16th pick in the NFL Draft and have a major need at both cornerback and on the edge, so the 16½ slot makes a lot of sense for both Henderson and Chaisson. Though, Atlanta signed former Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. to a three year, $48 million contract last week, so Henderson would appear more logical.
Will Henderson crack the top half of the draft? We'll find out on April 23rd.
The full odds list is as follows, in first-name alphabetical order courtesy of BetOnline.ag:
Georgia OT Andrew Thomas: Over/Under 10½
Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb: Over/Under 12½
Ohio State EDGE Chase Young: Over/Under 2½
Florida CB C.J. Henderson: Over/Under 16½
Auburn DL Derrick Brown: Over/Under 8½
Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III: Over/Under 15½
Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons: Over/Under 6½
South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw: Over/Under 15½
Alabama OT Jedrick Wills: Over/Under 10½
Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah: Over/Under 4½
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy: Over/Under 12½
Utah State QB Jordan Love: Over/Under 13½
Houston OT Josh Jones: Over/Under 25½
Oregon QB Justin Herbert: Over/Under 5½
LSU WR Justin Jefferson: Over/Under 21½
Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray: Over/Under 19½
LSU EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson: Over/Under 16½
LSU CB Kristian Fulton: Over/Under 24½
Louisville OT Will Mekhi Becton: Over/Under 8½
LSU LB Patrick Queen: Over/Under 25½
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa: Over/Under 3½
Alabama S Xavier McKinney: Over/Under 25½
Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos: Over/Under 27½