If you remember back to early 2020, Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson was one of the players that was the most mocked to the Raiders at pick No. 12. With the Raiders desperately needing a cornerback, many people linked Henderson to Las Vegas early in the first round.
However, Henderson didn’t make it to the No. 12 pick as the Jaguars took him at No. 9. But after a shaky rookie season, it appears Jacksonville might already be ready to move on from him.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, multiple teams have reached out to the Jaguars about Henderson, who aren’t turning away possible deals.
A surprise: Multiple team execs believe #Jaguars corner C.J. Henderson — the ninth overall pick in 2020 — is available via trade. Jacksonville has given impression in some league circles that it's shopping Henderson, a high-pedigree player one year into rookie deal.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 8, 2021
The Raiders selected Damon Arnette in the first round of the 2020 draft, but there have been some issues with that selection as well. With the lack of overall depth at the cornerback position for the Raiders, could Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden decide to take another swing at the No. 9 pick from just a year ago?
Henderson does fit a lot of the metrics that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley wants in an outside cornerback and we know how talented he is from his time at Florida. If the price is right, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see the Raiders in the hunt for a former top-10 pick.
As the Henderson market develops, we will continue to follow along to see if the Raiders are interested.
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