2020 NFL Draft: 5 players Buccaneers could take in Round 1

Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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C.J. Henderson (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
C.J. Henderson (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

5. Florida. CB. player. Pick Analysis. C.J. Henderson. 840. Scouting Report

The Bucs still need a top cornerback after they moved on from former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves in the middle of last season. He had a solid start to the season, but he fell off in a way we don’t ever remember seeing. Now, there’s a need at cornerback.

C.J. Henderson is a very good prospect for the Bucs at this spot. He’s insanely athletic and has this instinct for the ball that a lot of cornerbacks are missing in this year’s draft. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in his first two career games in college. Henderson was even better in his sophomore year, becoming one of the best cornerback prospects in football while still being a teenager.

He got injured this past year, missing three games and getting no interceptions. He did break up 11 passes. Two of his best games this season did come when it counted. He deflected three passes off the hands of future number-one overall pick, Joe Burrow, when Florida went head to head with LSU. He knocked the ball away from Ja’Marr Chase as he attempted to walk in for a touchdown. Chase still got his stats, but nobody was stopping that LSU offense completely this season.

Henderson is one of the best blitzing cornerbacks in this draft as well. He’s a really versatile prospect, and we can see Arians and Bowles salivate over what this guy could do. The fact that he was injured this past season, but still put together a decent season one year after he was one of the best in the game, and he’s a position of need, the Bucs would be thrilled to get him at 14.