Photo of Carlos Henderson
Drafted By: Broncos
  • Round 3
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 82

Combine Results

5.55 ?
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 131.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.79 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 199LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands


Most college receivers leave behind their special teams responsibilities once they become a star on offense. Henderson, however, was named Conference USA's Offensive (82-1,535 receiving; 14-133 rushing) and Special Teams (25-805 kickoff returns) Player of the Year in 2016. He ranked fourth in the FBS with 23 total touchdowns (19 receiving, two rush, two kickoff returns), although he missed two games with an ankle injury. It's no surprise Tech won bowl games the last three years with Henderson on board. He scored a touchdown as a kick returner (33-826 overall) his redshirt freshman year and also contributed on offense (29-569, 4 TDs receiving; 13-70, TD rushing). Henderson garnered honorable mention All-Conference USA as a receiver (36-774, 5 TDs) and returner (21-463) in 2015.



Drops hips into breaks for sharp stop-and-open. Maintains play speed through directional route changes. Can elevate catch focus when he knows safety is coming to deliver a blow. Flashes get-away gear used to climb over top of cornerbacks on vertical routes. Sells double moves and leaves defenders trailing. Decent job of shielding throws from traffic when working inside the numbers. Hands catcher and can dip to adjust to low throws. Extremely competitive runner after the catch. Plays bigger than his listed size. Can slip first tackle and power through the second. Downhill kick returner with ability to find lanes for himself when necessary. Posted two kick return touchdowns this season and three for his career.


Short strider. Competition across from him was below average. Rarely challenged by competitive press. Play speed is inconsistent. Has quality top gear but doesn't always use it in his routes. Needs to do better job of tilting defenders with quality route work on next level. Too reliant upon speed and talent over fundamentals at this point. Ran simple routes and drew quarterback's ire when he made wrong reads on choices. Tight hipped and average at changing direction. Below average ball tracking on deep throws. Occasionally mistimes leaps. Waits on throws rather than working back to them. Focus drop come primarily on slants.

Draft Projection

Round 3-4

Sources Tell Us

"He plays with good route strength and speed and he has good hands. His return value should lock him into a team. I think he will come in as a fourth receiver, but he could have upped his draft value with another year at school." -- NFC South regional scout

NFL Comparison

Quinton Patton

Bottom Line

One-year superstar who delivered monster numbers at Louisiana Tech this year before leaving school early. Plays outside for the Bulldogs, but a little smaller than most teams will like. Henderson excels on catch-and-go throws and nine routes. He lacks the route running to come in and be an effective threat right away, but his kick return ability could get him early work.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster