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2020 NFL mock draft: Denver Broncos select C.J. Henderson

The Broncos take the second-best cornerback off the board.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 05 Auburn at Florida Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s a time-honored tradition in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft for commenter DenverLion to make the selection for the Denver Broncos, and this year will be no different. Sorry, thems the rules. If you have a problem with that, change your username to LasVegasLion or MiamiLion.

Anyway, the Broncos are a team that finished strong last year, winning four of their last five games. It will be on DenverLion to get them to carry that over to the next season.

With the 15th pick in the POD Community Mock, the Broncos select Florida cornerback CJ Henderson. Here’s DenverLion with the reasoning:

“With obvious needs at offensive tackle and wide receiver, this draft couldn’t have fallen much worse for the Broncos. Ideally, a trade down scenario would be the way to go after seeing the top four OTs and top three WRs (though, specifically, Henry Ruggs III) go off the board before #15. Instead of reaching for Josh Jones or Justin Jefferson, I decided to go with a BATFAN selection (Best Available That Fills A Need) and that is CJ Henderson, CB, Florida.

In trading for A.J. Bouye, the Broncos believe the change of scenery will do him well and in doing so, gives them their CB1. The depth chart behind him however, is shall we say... a bit shaky. Bryce Callahan, Isaac Yiadom, Davontae Harris, and De’Vante Bausby are going to have opposing quarterbacks licking their chops. So adding a smooth and fast outside corner with prototypical size will help to mitigate what those opposing QBs can do.

In his three years with the Gators, this underclassman made the SEC All-Freshman team, was a second-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore, and made the All-SEC first team this past season, despite only playing in nine regular season games. The ankle injury he suffered was sufficiently healed for the NFL Combine, though, and he displayed that speed running a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. The rest of his Combine went pretty good as well, with Kent Lee Platte’s algorithm spitting out a stellar 9.98 RAS!

Henderson has the ability and measurables to eventually become the Broncos CB1. Yes, he has a lot of work to do to improve his tackling, but I believe Vic Fangio and his coaches will help him do just that. In the meantime, it is expected that he can and will step into the CB2 position to start the season, whenever that may be.”

Catch up with all the picks from our POD Community Mock here.


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